Latest Occupational injuries and disabilities News

State Dept. to pay 6-figure sums to Havana Syndrome victims

Jun. 23, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is preparing to compensate victims of mysterious brain injuries colloquially known as “Havana Syndrome” with six-figure payments, according to officials and a congressional aide. Current and former State Department staff and their families...

School worker sentenced to prison for abusing disabled child

Jun. 17, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston public school employee convicted of sexually abusing a child with developmental disabilities was sentenced Friday to more than a decade in state prison. Jose Melendez, 55, will serve no less than 12 years but no more than 15 years behind bars under the...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 15, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

Columbus Dispatch. June 14, 2022. Editorial: LCSD playing with fire in its proposed medical marijuana policy From the moment the Mississippi Legislature passed a law to create a medical marijuana program in January, it was inevitable that litigation would follow. ...

Lawsuit: California transit agency failed to stop gunman

May. 26, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One year after a problem employee shot and killed nine coworkers in a rampage at a light rail yard, the family of one of the victims filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging negligence and wrongful death by the Northern California transportation agency, the Santa Clara County...

U.S. civil rights enforcers warn employers against biased AI

May. 12, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

The federal government said Thursday that artificial intelligence technology to screen new job candidates or monitor worker productivity can unfairly discriminate against people with disabilities, sending a warning to employers that the commonly used hiring tools could violate civil rights laws. ...

Operator of sunken Japanese tour boat had previous accidents

Apr. 27, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The head of the company that operated a tourist boat that sank off northern Japan with 26 people aboard said Wednesday he approved the trip despite a broken communication device and forecasts of rough weather, as officials investigated previous accidents involving the company. ...

Amazon CEO Jassy says he wants to improve warehouse safety

Apr. 14, 2022 12:38 PM EDT

In his first letter to Amazon shareholders, CEO Andy Jassy offered a defense of the wages and benefits the company gives its warehouse workers while also vowing to improve injury rates inside the facilities. Jassy, who took over from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as CEO last July, wrote...

CVS, feds reach agreement on vaccine portal accessibility

Apr. 11, 2022 14:30 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — CVS Pharmacy has reached a settlement with federal prosecutors that will ensure the company's online vaccination scheduling portal remains fully accessible to people with disabilities, officials said Monday. The U.S. attorney's office in Rhode Island alleged...

2 construction workers stabbed; coworker in custody

Apr. 11, 2022 11:07 AM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Two construction workers suffered serious injuries Monday morning when they were stabbed by a coworker during a dispute that apparently stemmed from a debt, police said. Police responded to a construction site in Cambridge at about 7:15 a.m., Deputy...

2 injured in US naval submarine accident in Washington state

Apr. 03, 2022 17:39 PM EDT

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — Two U.S. Navy personnel suffered non-life-threatening injuries in an accident aboard a nuclear ballistic missile submarine docked at a maintenance facility at Puget Sound in Washington state, the Navy said. The accident on the USS Louisiana occurred during...