Entries for May 2003
May 31, 2003 9:12 PM
Vermiculite is a mineral that expands when rapidly heated. Expanded vermiculite is used in construction and consumer materials (e.g., loose-fill insulation, acoustic finishes, spray-on insulation, and concrete mixes for swimming pools), agricultural and horticultural products (e.g., potting mixes and soil conditioners) and in industrial products (e.g., brake shoes and pads, drilling muds, furnaces, and insulation blocks). Expanded vermiculite granules are shaped like small accordions, and vary in color from silver/gold to gray/brown.
May 26, 2003 9:51 PM
While retaining jurisdiction, the NJ Appellate Division remanded a case that was lingering for 10 years back to the Compensation Judge for an explanation on the record or in writing within 16 days. The Appellate Court stated, “…we do not know why petitioner’s claim did not get a hearing for so many years.”
May 23, 2003 9:57 PM
A CLASS-ACTION lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of workers in a now-closed factory in the city of Passaic recalls a tragic chapter in New Jersey's history. America's plastics industry was born in this state, but the dark side of that story is the exposure to toxic chemicals that has caused illness and death for an unknown number of workers.
May 23, 2003 9:53 PM
Asbestos compensation legislation introduced by Senator Hatch is a regressive measure that relieves manufacturers, employers and insurers of liability and fails to provide fair compensation to victims of asbestos disease.
May 23, 2003 12:10 AM
The AFL-CIO is deeply disappointed by Senator Orrin Hatch’s decision to introduce a weak asbestos bill at this time, when negotiations between the interested parties were continuing. The business and insurance communities had promised to make a new offer to the AFL-CIO in negotiations today, but announced this morning that they have been instructed by Senator Hatch to cease their private negotiations with the labor movement.
May 22, 2003 12:12 AM
The federal government today launched a national consumer awareness campaign to provide homeowners with important information on vermiculite attic insulation, which may contain asbestos. This new campaign, coordinated by EPA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), instructs homeowners on how to identify vermiculite attic insulation and recommends that people make every effort to not disturb it. Since some vermiculite attic insulation can contain very low levels of microscopic asbestos fibers, it is important that consumers are aware of the precautions they can take to protect against disturbing and inhaling the asbestos fibers.
May 19, 2003 12:20 AM
Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch called the agreement announced today requiring paint manufacturers to affix warning labels on paint cans “an empty gesture” apparently designed to influence the verdict of Rhode Island’s upcoming retrial of the lead-paint case. “
May 18, 2003 12:22 AM
The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) released its annual “State of the Line” preliminary workers compensation market analysis.
May 17, 2003 7:49 PM
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published updated statistics on work related mesothelioma deaths in Great Britain. The statistics show how the risk of death from mesothelioma for different occupational groups compares to the average risk for all occupations together.
May 17, 2003 2:47 PM
Medical Expenses Continue to Soar in Workers' Compensation Claims.
May 15, 2003 7:11 AM
We hold the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (the Board) may not allow joinder of a new party after the expiration of the one-year statute of limitations for the filing of a serious and willful misconduct claim. (Lab. Code, § 5407.) Accordingly, we annul the WCAB order in this case that permitted joinder.
May 14, 2003 7:41 AM
Attorneys General from 45 states, four jurisdictions and the District of Columbia Corporation Counsel reached an agreement with the National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA), requiring manufacturers to place warning labels on paint cans and provide consumer education and training about the hazards of lead paint exposure and how to avoid it.
May 11, 2003 12:25 AM
US District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled that that the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund (Fund) was not unconstitutional. The Fund was enacted 11 days after the tragedy of September 11th
May 10, 2003 1:10 PM
Asbestos Verdict in California Case Worries Insurers A jury verdict in California may lead to a wave of new asbestos litigation that would greatly increase costs for insurance companies,industry experts and plaintiffs' lawyers said yesterday.
May 04, 2003 12:26 PM
North American Refractory Company Asbestos Containing Products
May 04, 2003 12:23 PM
North American Refractories - settlement agreement
May 04, 2003 12:18 PM
The need for worker's compensation for employees of common carriers engaged in interstate commerce is essentially what it was when the Sutherland Commission(1) unanimously reported in 1912 in favor of a Federal workmen's compensation legislation for employees of common carriers by railroads engaged in interstate and foreign commerce, for accidents sustained in the course of such commerce.(2) The events of the intervening years have only served to emphasize the superiority of workmen's compensation to employers' liability.
May 04, 2003 7:35 AM
The desirability of one type of economic and social security-compensation for injury to employees--was recognized more than 40 years ago in the United States. Radical changes in industry had gradually accentuated the inconsistency and injustice of the common law of negligence, under which it was extremely difficult for an employee to obtain redress for an injury. Attempts to correct the defects by enactment of employers' liability statutes created a very complicated situation and provided numerous rules based upon diversified and conflicting reasoning. Employers' liability legislation afforded the injured employee or the dependents a theoretical opportunity to collect damages for the loss in earning power, but for every case in which comparable damages were received, there were many in which nothing at all was recovered, and a large percentage of all allowable compensation went to the lawyers.
May 03, 2003 4:54 PM
CASE: SURVELLIANCE VIDEO NOT RELEVANT TO DEMONSTRATE ERROR. Convicted felon held totally disable. Smith v. Polk (1sD Ct App. FL 4.16.03)
May 02, 2003 12:20 PM
List of Approved Job Sites for North American Refractories.