News Digest 1-23-2020

Quote of the day

“Safety is our No. 1 priority and the first consideration in every decision we make and we are committed to providing a safe work environment for all of our team members.”

American Airlines statement following the death of a baggage handler at Charlotte International Airport

Dallas Morning News



Airline sued for dangerous conditions after luggage cart driver killed

The family of a man killed in August in a luggage cart accident at Charlotte International Airport is suing American Airlines. At least 15 workers have been killed working for commercial airlines on U.S. tarmacs since 2010, including five in 2019, according to the law firm that filed the suit. Dallas Morning News


Minnesota drywall contractors charged with workers’ comp fraud

Prosecutors have announced that the owners of a Minnesota drywall company have been charged in connection to a workers’ compensation fraud scheme in which they allegedly defrauded insurers by misclassifying employees. Prosecutors say they falsely claimed their business had 11 employees, while dozens of workers were independent subcontractors. KSTP (St. Paul, Minn.)


New York man accused of stealing $10K in workers’ comp

A 37-year-old Waterloo, New York truck driver illegally collected more than $10,000 in workers’ compensation by claiming he was injured when he allegedly was driving for ride-sharing services and mowing lawns, according to officials. Finger Lakes Times


Surgery complications drive $1.6M workers’ comp settlement

A Charleston, South Carolina man who suffered a stroke after undergoing surgery to repair a work-related shoulder injury has received $1.6 million in a confidential workers’ compensation settlement, according to his attorney. South Carolina Lawyers Weekly [may require registration]