Workplace Safety

Forklift accident kills worker at Indianapolis plant

March 16, 2011
Associated Press
Indianapolis fire officials say a forklift operator was killed at Royal Food Products Inc. when a floor collapsed beneath the machine at the food manufacturing plant.
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Elevator company wants indemnity from IRT

February 17, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
An Illinois elevator company wants a judge to force the Indiana Repertory Theatre to protect it from liability in a lawsuit brought by a catering worker who fell down the elevator shaft at the downtown theater in 2007.
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Workplace safety rules a part of ND death probe

October 30, 2010
Associated Press
State regulators are investigating whether the University of Notre Dame violated safety rules when it allowed a student to videotape football practice from a tall hydraulic lift that toppled in high winds, killing the young man.
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Federal audit knocks state's safety, health program

October 4, 2010
Scott Olson
The report from the U.S. Department of Labor raises concerns over whether Indiana's Occupational Safety and Health program is properly funded and staffed. Overall, the report provided 45 recommendations to improve procedures within the program.
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Family of woman killed by falling bottled-water pallets files suit

August 31, 2010
Cory Schouten
The estate of a woman killed when pallets of bottled water fell on her at a Kroger store in Franklin is suing the bottler, suggesting a new eco-friendly bottle design may have contributed to the accident.
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EDITORIAL: New gun, booze laws make no sense

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Businesses no longer can prohibit their employees from bringing firearms to work, and everyone buying alcohol must show ID. Say what?
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Employers mull legal challenge to new state gun law

July 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Indiana Chamber of Commerce president says several members have inquired about pursuing legal action, though nothing formal is in the works yet.
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State cites Veolia Water over safety concerns

May 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Veolia Water is contesting three "serious" safety penalties involving a gas line strike. IOSHA alleges utility failed to instruct employees and properly determine location of lines.
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Workplace guns bill gets final legislative OK

March 4, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana General Assembly approved a bill that lets workers keep firearms locked in their cars in trunks or out of sight while parked on company property.
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Wintry weather testing work snow-day policies

February 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Coping with wintery blasts is made easier by advancements in work-from-home technology. But different kinds of companies have different policies when it comes to giving employees the option to telecommute or blow off the workday altogether.
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King Systems, Steel Dynamics fined over safety violations

October 28, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indiana Department of Labor has slapped two Indiana companies with fines of about $200,000 each for repeated safety violations that put workers at risk.
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Indiana workplace deaths rise slightly

August 20, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The number of Hoosiers who died on the job last year ticked up from the previous year. But the total still represents the second-fewest workplace fatalities since the federal government began tracking the statistic in 1992, the Indiana Department of Labor said today.
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Our newest smoke-filled workplace: Sadly, it stinksRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Hoosiers workers—including those who work at casinos—deserve a healthy, smoke-free workplace.
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Sensient Flavors: Fed's actions in inquiry leave bad tasteRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Greg Andrews
An Indianapolis flavor-maker's lawsuit to keep out federal health inspectors has escalated into a legal melee, with attorneys for the company seeking sanctions against the feds for failing to cooperate during the discovery phase of the case.
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Firearm advocates take aim at employers' restrictionsRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
Legislators in the upcoming session of the Indiana General Assembly are gearing up for a gunfight with high-caliber business implications. On one side are employees who prefer to pack heat during their commute. On the other are executives who see guns as a liability nightmare--even if they're locked in cars parked outside.
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