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State: OK OSHA Issues Fines to Grain Facility Where 2 Teenagers Lost Legs:

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday it has issued an Oklahoma grain-handling facility four serious safety citations, with fines totaling $21,500, following an accident on Aug. 4 in which two 17-year-old workers each lost a leg.

OSHA reported the teenagers working for Zaloudek Grain Co. in Kremlin both suffered leg amputations when they became caught in an allegedly inadequately guarded conveyor auger while cleaning out a grain flat storage structure.

The citations from OSHA’s inspection included allegedly failing to affix ...

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State: FL DEA: Oxycodone Buys Down Significantly After ‘Pill Mill’ Crackdown:

By Michael Whiteley, Eastern Bureau Chief

Florida’s crackdown on “pill mills” cut physicians’ purchases of the opioid painkiller oxycodone by 97% during 2011 and appears to have driven the business to Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee, according to a report issued last week by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Leaders of the Florida House on Monday credited the passage of House Bill 7095 with drastically reducing the purchase of the painkiller by physicians last year and reducing its overall purchase by pharmacies ...

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State: OH No Benefits for Estate of Obese Smoker Who Died Walking to Work:

An Ohio appellate court upheld the denial of death benefits to the estate of a morbidly obese woman who died of a heart attack after having to walk a block from an off-site parking lot to her workplace, because her normal parking space adjacent to the building was blocked by a construction vehicle.

Case: Davis et al. v. Ryan et al., No. 11AP-198, 01/31/2012.

Facts: Deborah A. Davis worked in a clerical position for the Ohio Education Association. On Nov. 21, 2005, ...

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Top Lawmakers Will Carry Workers’ Comp Option Legislation:

By Bill Kidd, Central Bureau Chief

Two of most powerful members of the Oklahoma Legislature have agreed to carry legislation to give employers an alternative to workers’ compensation to protect injured workers – and to reduce costs to businesses.

Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, and Speaker of the House of Representatives Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, will take the lead on Senate Bill 1378, the “Oklahoma Employee Injury Benefit Act.”

The legislation is backed by the Oklahoma Injury Benefit Coalition (OIBC), representing employers ...

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State: CA Contractor Sting Nabs 5 Without Comp Coverage:

A sting targeting Central California Valley contractors charging excessive up-front payments caught five contractors who were operating without workers’ compensation insurance, including a registered sex offender who had not submitted to a background check, according to a press release from the Contractors State License Board.

The board’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT), together with the Fresno District Attorney’s Office, the Employment Development Department, California Highway Patrol and Fresno Police, posed as homeowners looking to catch contractors charging down payments exceeding the ...

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