News Digest 9/5/2008(2)

By: Rick Waldinger

Quote of the day

"No words. I'm no good now."

Jos&233 Herrera, Baytown, Texas veteran contract pipefitter in oil and gas refineries, describing his condition; he was burned in a pipe rupture in February at a Corpus Christi crude oil refinery and is seeking to sue the worksite owner

Go to the full story in the Marshall News Messenger

Florida Town Fights Insurer over Police Chief’s Benefits
Lake Hamilton, Fla., officials are locked in an $8,300 dispute with its workers’ compensation insurance company over sick pay for the chief of police. The town’s workers’ comp insurer so far has denied paying medical or loss-of-income claims because the injury arose from a pre-existing condition. By Kevin Bouffard, Lakeland Ledger
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Empire State WCB Hands Out Thousandth Stop-Work Order
Less than 14 months after it was granted the authority, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has issued 1,000 stop work orders to New York businesses that have failed to carry workers’ compensation insurance. North Country Gazette
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Texas: Can Burned Refinery Contact Worker Sue Worksite Owner?
Prior to the Texas Supreme Court’s decision in Entergy Gulf States Inc. v. John Summers, lawyers and legislators say a worksite owner could not qualify for the legal immunity that Texas employers get when they buy workers’ compensation insurance. But the ruling said the law does not explicitly prohibit a worksite owner from being considered a general contractor entitled to the immunity. By Kate Alexander, American-Statesman via Marshall News Messenger [with photos] Go to the Full Story…

Province’s Pork Producers Unhappy with Mandatory Coverage
Manitoba’s hog barn employees will be affected negatively by mandatory workers’ compensation coverage, according to the chair of the Manitoba Pork Council. Pembina Valley Online
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Bill Would Create New Oversight Agency in Australian State
In Western Australia, a new national body to oversee workplace safety and workers’ compensation would be set up under a new bill. The Employment and Workplace Relations minister says Safe Work Australia would help end complex and costly inconsistencies in occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation laws across Australia.
Go to the full story in the West Australian
Go to the full story in the Age

Foreign Workers Spur Amendment to Malaysia’s Workers’ Comp Act
Malaysia’s Employment Act and the Workers’ Compensation Act will be amended to reduce the country’s dependency on foreign workers. Amendments would require employers to notify the ministry of vacancies and justify the need to employ foreign workers about one month prior to submitting the application for foreign workers.
Go to the full story by V.P. Sujata, Star
Go to the full story in Bernama

Workers Can Fall into ‘Abyss’ When Employer Ignores Law
The story of a former deli manager who was injured at work is an example of what happens when an employer decides not to follow workers’ compensation law. By Colin Rigley, New Times San Luis Obispo
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