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Tag Archives: workers’ compensation

Plant faces charges after worker burned to death

By John Willis |

Tennessee residents may have heard about a worker who was accidentally burned to death in a California food processing plant on Oct. 11, 2012. Authorities stated that the company, Bumble Bee Foods, and several of its employees are now facing multiple charges. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health stated that a 65-year-old… Read More »

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Fatal scaffolding accident shows problems

By John Willis |

People in Tennessee may be interested to learn about a fatal scaffolding collapse that occurred in Raleigh, N.C. The accident caused several workers to plummet to the ground. In total, three workers died, and one was seriously injured. All four men were Hispanic. As the construction industry has rebounded, an increasing number of companies… Read More »

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Fall from construction scaffolding kills 3, injures 1

By John Willis |

Tennessee residents might be interested to learn about a fatal accident that took place at a construction site in North Carolina on March 23. The accident killed three workers in Raleigh who were using a mast climber scaffold while working on a building in Charter Square for a subcontractor called Associated Scaffolding. When a… Read More »

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Increased injuries reported after time change

By John Willis |

As some workers in Tennessee know, sleep deprivation affects a worker’s ability to perform hazardous work. It also affects the worker’s ability to concentrate and stay focused. While sleep loss happens for many reasons, it occurs yearly when time is changed to daylight saving time. Injury data collected from 1983 to 2006 was used… Read More »

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Destruction of Workers’ Comp Continues

By John Willis |

Here at Fox Farley Willis & Burnette, we’ve blogged about, written articles in local newspapers and magazines about, and talked to anybody we can about the continuing efforts of big business, insurance companies a and the leaders of our state government to dismantle the safety net for workers injured on the job.  Tennessee, however, is… Read More »

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Poultry worker injured by 500-pound cart

By John Willis |

A worker in Tennessee was injured on the job on Feb. 11. The accident happened at a Lawrenceburg chicken house that is owned by Aviagen, a poultry breeding business. According to reports, the man who was injured was a contract worker from Lyons and not an employee of Aviagen. He was considered a trainee… Read More »

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The dangers of trench and excavation work

By John Willis |

Trench cave-ins are a serious concern for workers in Tennessee who are involved in excavation work or pipeline, sewer and power-line construction. A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that cave-ins during trenching or excavation work resulted in 350 deaths between 2000 and 2009. Another study found that 64… Read More »

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Work in manufacturing sector may lead to hearing loss

By John Willis |

Tennessee residents who number among the approximately 16 million people employed within the Manufacturing Sector of the U.S. workforce may be interested in learning more about the most common occupational illness recorded within this diverse group of industries: occupationally-induced hearing loss. According to the National Occupational Research Agenda, incidents of hearing loss must be… Read More »

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Benefits offered to help injured workers cope

By John Willis |

Tennessee offers a variety of benefits to employees who are injured in the course of doing their jobs. These benefits are designed to help workers and their families get through these difficult times, especially if the injured employee is unable to work. Perhaps the most important benefit offered to injured workers is medical care…. Read More »

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Veterinarian killed by elephant was not protected with barriers

By John Willis |

Tennessee residents may remember an accident in their own state that killed a caretaker at one of the largest elephant sanctuaries in the nation. A man recently killed in Maine under similar circumstances has led some to encourage the installation of protective barriers to protect workers from the large animals. The Occupational Safety and… Read More »

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