Workers’ comp claim filed by Oklahoma jail worker investigated

A correctional officer at the Oklahoma County jail is under investigation for workers’ compensation fraud after claiming she was injured in an inmate assault. An investigator reportedly found text messages that were contrary to her statement in an occupational injury report. newsok

San Francisco’s street-cleaning trucks overloaded and unsecured: Investigation

San Francisco’s process for routinely hauling away garbage is inefficient and dangerous, according to whistleblowers. While it’s unclear how long San Francisco Public Works has potentially been breaking state safety laws, NBC Bay Area reports, violations may date back at least several years. NBC Bay Area [with video]

Oklahoma jail employee’s workers’ comp claim investigated

A correctional officer at the Oklahoma County jail is under investigation for workers’ compensation fraud after claiming she was injured in an inmate assault. An investigator reportedly found text messages that were contrary to her statement in an occupational injury report. newsok

New York: Mechanic charged with workers’ comp fraud

A 49-year-old Vestal, New York heating system mechanic has been charged with illegally receiving more than $8,400 in workers’ compensation by falsely claiming he was not working due to an injury. WICZ (Binghamton, N.Y.)

Flash Report: Employers Warned about MEWA by Labor Commissioner

The Department of Industrial Relations’ top labor law enforcer is shining a spotlight on an illegal workers’ comp program. A MEWA that purports to be an alternative to actual insurance isn’t. Employers are facing potential stop orders and fines. Get the details here. Workers’ Comp Executive

Texas: City to ask Texas Municipal League to drop lawsuit against fireman

The Mission, Texas City Council last week in a special meeting decided it would draft a letter to the Texas Municipal League asking it to allow city leaders to go before its board and argue that the league’s lawsuit against a city fireman should be dropped. TML’s decision to sue the fireman was the only way the association can appeal an adverse administrative ruling, according to its executive director. The Monitor (McAllen, Texas)

Restaurant employee’s freezer death spurs lawsuit

A lawsuit has been filed in connection with the March 2016 death of a 61-year-old longtime Atlanta restaurant employee who was trapped in a freezer overnight when an interior latch allegedly failed. The companies that manufactured the freezer and the handle and serviced the freezer are named as defendants. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

University of Montana workers start filing asbestos claims

More than 30 asbestos-related employee claims had been filed against the University of Montana as of Friday over concerns about contamination discovered since December at a campus building. University officials and a certified industrial hygienist have said results show asbestos is not present in detectable levels based on air tests at the facility or a childcare facility. Missoulian