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Worker Dies At Kansas Steel Plant

A man from Osage City, Kansas, died Wednesday afternoon after a work accident at a steel plant. Today, investigators began looking into the details of the accident and how the fatality occured. The man killed has been identifed as Johnnie Dorsey, 50. Dorsey served as a production assistant at Schuff Steel in Ottawa, Kansas, and had been on the job approximately one month. Little is known,…

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Two Workers Killed On Kansas Highways

A hit-and-run crash south of Lawrence, Kansas killed two road workers and injured another early Tuesday morning. The incident occured as road crews worked approximatley five miles south of Lawrence on US-59. Shortly after the crash, authorities were able to apprehend two suspects after a 12 mile chase along US-56 in Osage County. Two women from Washington State are currently being held in…

Matthew Bergmann

Worker Killed After Fall From Scaffolding

A Topeka man was killed at a work site Wednesday morning when the scaffolding he was on tipped over. Authorities have identified the man as Anthony Anguiano, 46, of Topeka. Anguiano’s death occured as his crew worked at Topeka Trailer Repair, 7215 S.W. Topeka Blvd. A co-worker was also injured in the accident has been identified as Lawrence McCall, 28, of Topeka. McCall was take to a Topeka…

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Worker Catches Arms in Conveyor Belt

A Newton, Kansas man suffered severe injuries after his arms became caught in a conveyor belt at a local grain elevator. The accident occurred at the Newton Grain Elevator, which is owned by Cargill. A rescue helicopter was required to land on top of the elevator to transport the victim to Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus in Wichita. The man immediately underwent surgery…

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Paralyzed Kansas Teen Awarded $16 Million

A northeast kansas teenager who was left a quadriplegic after a diving accident has been awarded $16 million by a jury. In August 2005, Bradley Hudspeth, was injured while diving with friends at Lake Quivira. Lake Quivira is a private residential community that stretches the Wyandotte-Johnson county line in the Kansas City metro-area.Rather than jumping at the end of the dock, Hudspeth dove…

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Work Injuries Follow Greensburg Tornado

The damage and destruction left behind by a massive twister that hit Greensburg, Kansas on May 4th continues to linger. Now workers who have been cleaning up the small town have developed mysterious symptoms including, a persistent cough and sore throat. Aptly named the “Greensburg cough,” health officials believe that contaminated dust left by the tornado is to blame. At this point, there…

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Kansas Website Used To File Work Injury Reports

In 2006 more than one-third of all work accidents reported were filed through the Kansas Division of Workers Compensation’s electronic data interchange system. Thus far, the electronic reporting system has exceeded expectiations with more than 200 insurance carriers and self-insured employers submitting data. More than 16,000 applications for hearings and approximately 6,500 employer elections…

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Kansas Court of Appeals Rules Against Injured Worker

The Kansas Court of Appeals has ruled against an injured employee who was previously awarded a work disability.In Graham v. Dokter Trucking Group, the Court of Appeals reveiwed the burden of proof required to prove work disablity under the Kansas Workers Compensation Act. The injured worker had been an over-the-road truck driver when he fell from a trailer and injured himself. Following the…

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Kansas Supreme Court Reverses Rule for Injured Worker

The Kansas Supreme Court has reversed a prior appellate decision and found a worker’s claim of injury vaild under the Kansas Workers Compensation Act.In Rinke v. Bank of America, a bank employee left work at the end of her shift and walked to her car which was parked in a garage adjacent to the bank. She then slipped and fell on a patch of ice and sand in front of her car and was injured. At…

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Contractor To Serve 3 Years In Prison For Workers Compensation Fraud

A judge in San Diego, California has ordered the owner of a local construction company to pay nearly $500,000 in restitution to the State Compensation Insurance Fund and serve three years in prison for workers compensation fraud. David Haskit 44, a licensed general contractor and owner of Haskit Construction, Inc., was sentenced by San Diego Superior Court Judge, Timothy Walsh, to three years in…