KY - OSHA Training in Louisville Oct. 22-26
Kentucky's state-run workplace safety agency will offer another round of free training Oct. 22-26, this time in Louisville.
The free training for employers and employees will run all week and will cover hazard communication, electrical safety, injury record-keeping, excavation and trenching, spray paint safety, fire protection, confined spaces, and wages and hours.
The classes will be at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus, Founders Union Building, Room 6, in Louisville, and will start at 8:30 a.m. each day.
Most classes qualify for continuing education credit for plumbing, and h...
RI - Bug-Sniffing Dogs to Check for Bedbugs at WC Court
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Courthouse officials agreed to bring in bug-sniffing dogs to find bedbugs that have brought numerous complaints from workers.
After a meeting with employees Thursday, administrators at the Garrahy Judicial Complex in Rhode Island, home to the Workers' Compensation and other courts, said dogs were to be brought in Saturday, according to the Providence Journal newspaper.
Union leaders and others have said the complex should be closed and treated for the insects after people complained of seeing the itch-inducing bugs on several floors. But a court administrator said that a pest contro...
NY - Corrections Officer Accused of Working as a Bouncer While on Benefits
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A New York corrections officer has been charged with grand larceny and insurance fraud after investigators discovered that he was working as a bouncer in an Albany-area bar while collecting workers’ compensation benefits, the New York Inspector General’s Office said.
Benjamin Essenter, 44, of Clifton Park, was arrested and arraigned in the Town of Colonie Justice Court, according to a press release.
Essenter claimed he was injured while working as a corrections officer at Coxsackie Correctional Facility in the summer of 2016. He submitted medical examination reports stating...
CA - Columnist: WCAB Move Fits Pattern of Rewarding Friends With Patronage
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California Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to appoint a high school classmate to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board fits with a pattern of rewarding friends with political appointments since the start of his third term in 2011, according to columnist Dan Walters.
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Walters, a former columnist for the Sacramento Bee who joined the nonprofit CALmatters as a commentary writer in 2017, said that shortly after Brown took office in 2011, he rescinded an appointment his predecessor made to the state community college Board of Governors.
Brown’s office exp...
RI - Officials Aren't Itching to Close Courthouse Over Bedbug Sightings
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Despite calls from labor unions to shut down the courthouse because of bedbugs, court administrators have said it's not such a biting concern and plan to keep the building operating.
Union officials and courthouse regulars have complained for weeks about the itch-causing insects on several floors of the Garrahy Judicial Complex in Providence and don't feel that the issue is being taken seriously, according to local TV news.
"It's a serious situation, and I don't know that they're taking it to the level I think it should be taken," said Michael Dow...