Anyone who has followed the news in the last few months is likely aware of the legal troubles surrounding General Motors for deaths resulting from defects in vehicles the company manufactured. But another death related to the company's manufacturing processes may involve another realm of the law known as workers' compensation.
When someone reports a workplace fall to a supervisor, it might not be unusual for the injury to be caused by fall from a piece of machinery at a construction site. Rarely is a fall caused by an equipment malfunction of an everyday office item found in cubicle farms in California and across the country. But Office Depot has recently announced a recall of office chairs in connection with more than 150 reports of a defective part that has caused at least one serious injury involving a fractured back and hip and 25 other reported injuries.
When you hear a news report about an employer failing to carry adequate workers' compensation coverage or comply with state workers' compensation laws, the usual image is of an industrial plant or a construction site. Rarely would the image of an award-winning actress come to mind. But actress Tina Fey has been hit with a fine for failing to comply with state workers' compensation laws.