Workers’ compensation claimant from Fayeteville busted for fraud

A female North Carolina postal carrier was charged with workers’ compensation fraud on Monday, June 3 after performing actions she claimed she couldn’t do on the national television game show The Price Is Right, which invalidated her complaints of workplace injuries that led to her monthly receipt of disability benefits.

Lafayette Post Office employee Cathy Wrench Cashwell of Fayetteville filed a workers’ compensation claim in 2004 due to shoulder, neck, and arm injuries she supposedly sustained while performing her job, which consisted of lifting mail trays and putting them in her work vehicle.

However, in a September 23, 2009 episode of The Price is Right, she was apparently seen spinning the “big wheel” twice, not showing any signs of being incapacitated; on her first spin she was able to raise her left hand, on her second spin she managed to get her two hands high above her head.

Unfortunately, many workers sustain legitimate injuries while on the job; however, workers’ compensation benefits are in place to help these injured people. Thus, if you have sustained a workplace injury in Des Moines, learn more about pursuing these benefits by talking with a lawyer from LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.

OSHA cites Iowa hog farm for workplace safety violations

The Iowa Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently cited an Iowa hog farm for four serious workplace safety violations. The company, Anogla  Pork LLC, received the citation after a group of workers made a federal complaint earlier this year.

The citation states that the employers failed to make sure that the facilities were furnished in a way that they were free from hazards that could potentially cause worker injuries. The OSHA inspection took place on Sept. 19 and it was found that the power washers were improperly installed and could cause injury to workers if they were struck by the high pressure hose. Workers also claimed that they were not trained on how to use the power hoses properly.

Another violation stated that the employers failed to provide soap for them to wash their hands before eating meals and many suffered gastrointestinal illnesses that the believe is a result of working in unsanitary conditions. OSHA also found that Angola did not have  a log of workplace injuries on record. They were fined a total of $3,2oo in penalties.


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