News Digest 7-28-2021


New Jersey: Former Lakewood education official charged with workers’ comp fraud

The owner of an Ocean County, New Jersey real estate improvement company who previously served on the Lakewood School Board has been charged with fraud for allegedly significantly underreporting his payroll in order to get a lower workers compensation insurance premium. Jersey Shore Online


Navigating workplace drug testing protocol post-pandemic

As some semblance of order is returning, and employees are heading back to work, we face another challenge: how to handle workplace drug testing, writes an executive with a leading national retail healthcare and lab testing franchise. Forbes


Fireman’s manner of death was natural causes: Autopsy

A Pennsylvania coroner’s office has determined the manner of death of a New York fireman was natural causes after he suffered a medical emergency while participating in a training exercise at the New York State Academy of Fire Science on March 3. The firefighter was inside a 20-foot-long tunnel made of plywood while wearing an air pack and a mask covered with tape when the incident occurred. NNY360


Feds and states not taking radioactivity from fracking seriously: Report

Fracking, which can blast known toxins such as radium, lead and polonium out of rock formations, might be an economic boon to some landowners in depressed sections of Eastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and much of West Virginia, but federal and state officials are not adequately protecting citizens from the radiation hazards posed by the process, according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Ohio Capital Journal