- Security breach shuts down OSHA electronic reporting application
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s web-based form to allow employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data has been temporarily suspended due to a potential security breach.
- Marijuana’s effectiveness for chronic pain questioned in study
A new study casts doubt on whether marijuana is an effective treatment for pain, according to research funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and published Tuesday on the Annals of Internal Medicine web site.
- Minnesota adopts rule for walking-working surfaces, fall protection
Minnesota has adopted the final rule from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration about walking-working surfaces and personal fall-protection systems “to better protect workers in general industry,” the Minnesota department of Labor and Industry said Friday.
- Medical providers suspended for fraud
California’s crackdown on workers compensation medical providers found guilty of fraud and other offenses continues with the suspension of five providers this week, bringing the total to 32 this year, the state’s Division of Workers’ Compensation announced Tuesday.
- Solar eclipse creates employee safety risks
Employers planning on hosting solar eclipse viewing parties should be aware of employee safety and workers compensation concerns.
- Regulatory pullback on the horizon for OSHA under Trump
Signs and actions taken to date are pointing to a major pullback in the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s regulatory stance under the Trump administration, but there are still plenty of unknowns, according to legal experts.
- Adva-Net expands addiction recovery network for workers comp
Adva-Net said Friday that it has expanded its addiction recovery network to include a workers compensation-focused, addiction recovery network to “complement their pain management and post-acute care network service offerings.”
- Behavioral health facility faces fines for continued workplace violence risks
A Massachusetts behavioral health facility faces $207,690 in proposed penalties from federal safety and health regulators who determined that the facility’s employees remain vulnerable to workplace violence risks.
- Construction company faces $6.3M lawsuit for wage theft violations
Regulators in California have filed a $6.3 million lawsuit against a construction firm over multiple wage theft violations including misclassification, which affected workers compensation protection for hundreds of workers, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office announced Monday.