Monthly Archives February 2018

Drury Plaza Hotel in Pittsburgh facing lawsuit from allegedly injured contractor

When it comes to worksite safety, contractors, design professionals and project owners all have different roles and responsibilities. At the same time, responsibility and liability can arise from other circumstances such as statutory and common law, contract terms and conditions, and actions by parties in the project field. The key to the project owner minimizing risks from injured construction workers is to successfully delegate the worksite safety responsibility to the contractor in the language of the contract, and never assert control over the means, methods and procedures of the contractor’s work during the project. Keep in mind that merely retaining the right to stop, inspect or approve work is generally not enough to create owner liability...

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HOUSE VOTES TO GUT THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT TO NIP ‘ABUSIVE LAWSUITS’

Opportunistic lawyers have been lining their pockets and taking advantage of business owners for decades with “drive-by” abusive ADA litigation. With the passing of The ADA Education and Reform ACT (H.R. 620), business owners will have 60 days to devise a plan to fix the issue, and another 120 days to implement the changes. Newsweek, Carlos Ballesteros reports.

In a 225-192 vote Thursday, most House Republicans and a dozen Democrats passed a bill that makes it harder for disabled persons to sue for discrimination, in an effort to prevent opportunistic attorneys from taking advantage of business owners.

But many disability and civil rights groups fear the bill will weaken incentives for businesses to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which mandates e...

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Take a Stand Against Workplace Injuries

Two hours of standing on the job isn’t likely to have harmful health effects on the body, but longer periods of standing may create long-term health risks such as blood pooling in the legs, chronic back pain, musculoskeletal disorders, and elevated risk of heart disease. Recent studies suggest that employers should focus on reducing prolonged periods of standing at work and provide more flexible work environments. It would be wise for employers to consider a mix of sitting and standing for their employees. State Comp Safety News recommends additional adjustments employers can make to help reduce risk.

Newton’s third law states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction...

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Short Breaks, Stretching, and Moving Around Help Avoid Ergonomic Injuries

It’s no secret that ergonomic injuries at work are a widespread multi-billion dollar problem across all industries and in all states. With proper training, management support and clear processes in place, employers can systematically identify and manage ergonomic risk factors and apply solutions to reduce physical problems and increase an employee’s ability to work more efficiently.  Ergonomic claims will remain a high-priced issue for businesses that choose to ignore it. State Fund Safety News, provides inexpensive solutions to common ergonomic issues – a guide every employer should read.

Did You Know?

Ergonomic injuries account for 37 percent of all workplace injuries according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most of them attributed to overexertion...

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5-STEP PLAN TO ADDRESS GROWING SEXUAL HARASSMENT CONCERNS

No industry or company is immune from the recent flood of sexual harassment claims. In fact, the insurance industry is expecting an influx of EPLI (Employment Practices Liability Insurance) claims in the entertainment, media, hospitality and other industries. Companies need to set clear policies and standards addressing behavior in the workplace then live by them.  Fischer & Phillips, Jennifer Sandberg & Joseph Shelton, lay out a 5-Step Plan to address growing sexual harassment concerns.

For several months now, it seems that each new day has brought about a fresh round of reporting on yet another high-profile sexual harassment accusation...

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A boy was poisoned at a hotel and died. Now his family has reached a high-priced settlement.

The cost of installing lithium operated carbon monoxide detectors in guest rooms is entirely feasible and completely sensible for hotels. The price is minuscule when compared to this high-priced settlement and most importantly, its an inconsiderable price to pay for human life!

An Observer investigation reveals a series of errors and decisions made by hotel management, town employees, and the medical examiner contributed to the death of 11 year old boy and left his mother with serious injuries from carbon monoxide poisoning leaking from the hotel swimming pool heating system. Advisen Insurance reports the event.

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