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A tale of two counties in the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court

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An ambundance of call center jobs, like the one I did for Ameritrade in Bellevue in the Y2k era, is one reason why Sarpy County has relatively few workers’ compensation claims.

Sarpy County is Nebraska’s third largest county and is nearly three times larger than Nebraska’s fourth largest county, Hall County. But when it comes to cases litigated in the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court, Hall County outpaced Sarpy County 66 to 49 in fiscal year 2017 according to the latest report from the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation court.

2017 was not an aberration. Hall County consistently has more workers compensation cases litigated than Sarpy County. A comparison of data from the Nebraska Department of Labor about the two counties provides some indication of why more workers’ compensation cases are litigated in Hall County than Sarpy County.

In Sarpy County, customer service/call centers are one of the jobs with the most openings. In Hall County, material handler and welder are among the jobs with the most openings. A welder or material handler is more likely to get hurt on the job than a customer service representative or call center worker.

In Sarpy County, white collar defense contractors, McCallie Associates and Booz-Allen Hamilton are among the top five employers with job openings. In Hall County, Essential Personnel is the employer  with the most job openings. Essential Personnel is hiring for mostly for blue collar jobs that are more likely to cause injury.

Sarpy County has a more white-collar workforce than Hall County which could explain why fewer injury cases are litigated.  But there are also some other reasons why relatively few work injury cases are litigated in Sarpy County in comparison with other counties. Sarpy County is home to Offutt Air Force Base and many work injuries on the base would be handled under federal workers’ compensation statutes. Werner Enterprises is also headquartered in Sarpy County. However most of their work injuries occur with drivers injured outside of Nebraska. In a case where a Werner driver is injured outside of Nebraska, those cases are litigated in Lancaster County.

In both counties nursing and retail are among the five sectors with the most job openings. Public school districts are the second largest employers in both counties. The similarities between Sarpy County and Hall County speak to increasingly employment in the service sector throughout Nebraska.

The offices of Rehm, Bennett & Moore, which also sponsors the Trucker Lawyers website, are located in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Five attorneys represent plaintiffs in workers’ compensation, personal injury, employment and Social Security disability claims. The firm’s lawyers have combined experience of more than 95 years of practice representing injured workers and truck drivers in Nebraska, Iowa and other states with Nebraska and Iowa jurisdiction. The lawyers regularly represent hurt truck drivers and often sue Crete Carrier Corporation, K&B Trucking, Werner Enterprises, UPS, and FedEx. Lawyers in the firm hold licenses in Nebraska and Iowa and are active in groups such as the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (NATA), and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). We have the knowledge, experience and toughness to win rightful compensation for people who have been injured or mistreated.

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OSHA: Nebraska Construction Company Ignored Safety Requirements

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OSHA recently wrapped up an investigation that stemmed from a September 2014 incident in Grand Island, Nebraska, where “a 42-year-old worker fell 16 feet to his death and a 25-year-old co-worker suffered serious injuries after their employer, Roeder Construction, failed to provide either man with fall protection as they worked on a roof,” according to an OSHA news release.

We extend our sympathies to the loved ones of the man who died, and thoughts for the best recovery possible go to the man who was hurt.

The incident occurred when “the two men were installing a heavy-duty, weatherproof tarpaulin on Sept. 15, 2014, on a residential home in Grand Island.” After one employee lost his balance, he started falling. Then “the second man tried to stop his co-workers fall, and the momentum carried both employees off the roof to the ground.”

“One worker died of his injuries two days later, while the second was treated and released from a local hospital with torn ligaments and bruising,” according to the news release. Though both employees had previous roofing-industry experience, each had been with the company for just over one month.

OSHA proposed fines of $7,600 to the company based in Kearney, Nebraska, for violations that included not providing fall protection or training employees in its use and “failing to report the workplace fatality within eight hours.”

For more information and resources, OSHA has an excellent website regarding its Fall Prevention Campaign. A site in Spanish is also available.

In addition, as was recently mentioned on the blog, it is always a good idea to contact an experienced lawyer if you have questions about a safety concern at your job. This website also has information about filing a complaint with OSHA.

The offices of Rehm, Bennett & Moore, which also sponsors the Trucker Lawyers website, are located in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Five attorneys represent plaintiffs in workers’ compensation, personal injury, employment and Social Security disability claims. The firm’s lawyers have combined experience of more than 95 years of practice representing injured workers and truck drivers in Nebraska, Iowa and other states with Nebraska and Iowa jurisdiction. The lawyers regularly represent hurt truck drivers and often sue Crete Carrier Corporation, K&B Trucking, Werner Enterprises, UPS, and FedEx. Lawyers in the firm hold licenses in Nebraska and Iowa and are active in groups such as the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (NATA), and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). We have the knowledge, experience and toughness to win rightful compensation for people who have been injured or mistreated.

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