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Oregon Sets The Standard For Heat In Workplaces

By O’Connell Law Firm |

A recent news article discussed the death of an Amazon worker in New Jersey. The 42-year-old worker died of a heart attack while on the job in a warehouse that was not air-conditioned. The death occurred during Amazon’s Prime Day sales rush. Amazon says the death was related to a personal medical condition but… Read More »

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Congressman Calls For Probe After Amazon Worker’s Death

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Amazon continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. Now, two New Jersey Congressmen are calling on OSHA to investigate a Carteret facility after a worker died. What do they want to know? They’re specifically interested in how OSHA handles workplace injuries, whether or not they are hiding these injuries, and whether they… Read More »

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Your Guide To Workers’ Comp And Job-Related Car Accidents In Georgia

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Motor vehicle collisions are among the leading causes of serious car crashes in our region. The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reports that 1,664 people were killed in auto accidents in the state in 2020 alone. Many tens of thousands more sustained serious injuries. As many people are required to drive as part… Read More »

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How A New Georgia Law Will Lead To Increased Workers’ Comp Benefits For Some People In The State

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According to a report from ALM PropertyCausalty360, a new Georgia law—which took effect on July 1st, 2022—should result in increased workers’ compensation benefits for injured workers in our state. State lawmakers have increased the statutory maximum weekly workers’ comp benefit for temporary total disability and permanent partial disability by $50.00 per week. Within this… Read More »

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OSHA Sanctions Employer After Georgia Workers Killed In Electrocution Accident

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In October of 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited East Coast Crawl LLC—a water damage restoration company with a main headquarters in Durham, North Carolina—for workplace safety failures in relation to a fatal 2022 accident that killed a Georgia worker. Within this article, our Decatur workers’ compensation attorney provides an overview… Read More »

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Are Seasonal Workers Covered By Workers’ Comp In Georgia?

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Many industries in Georgia are seasonal—from tourism companies that ramp up operations during peak travel periods to retail companies that need to hire additional help during the Holiday day season. Seasonal workers make very important contributions to our overall economy. The United States Department of Labor (DOL) notes that seasonal workers are still covered… Read More »

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How A Proposed DOL Regulation Could Affect The Workers’ Comp Rights Of Gig Workers In Georgia

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According to reporting from Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPR), the United States Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a new proposed rule that could have a major impact on gig workers in Georgia—including in regards to workers’ compensation benefits. In this blog post, our Decatur workers’ comp lawyers explain the most important things that gig… Read More »

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OSHA Cites Dollar General For Repeated Safety Violations At Locations Across Southeastern United States, including In Georgia

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On November 1st, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced sanctions against Dollar General—the discount retail chain with a main headquarters in Goodlettsville, TN. According to the federal agency, Dollar General committed willful violations of workplace safety regulations. Here, our Decatur workers’ compensation attorney provides a more comprehensive overview of OSHA’s enforcement… Read More »

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OSHA Initiates Second Probe Into Amazon

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OSHA is taking a renewed interest in Amazon after three workers died in a New Jersey warehouse over the course of one month. Problems for Amazon continue to accrue as warehouses move to unionize across the country. Already, a Staten Island warehouse has voted to unionize and it looks like many more warehouses could… Read More »

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OSHA Files Criminal Charges After Worker Dies In Machine

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The Justice Department has announced criminal charges against an Alabama company after an OSHA investigation uncovered violations that lead to the worker’s untimely death. According to the announcement, a worker was pulled into a machine with a cluster of unguarded rollers and died as a result of his injuries. The plant fabricates plastic sheets… Read More »

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