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August 2010 Archives

Rigger Cleared of Criminal Charges: Awaits Dozens of Civil Suits

Master rigger William Rapetti was cleared of seven counts of manslaughter in a non-jury trial on July 22, 2010. While criminal charges have been cleared, Rapetti still faces numerous civil lawsuits.

Workers' Compensation Fraud is Costly to Everyone

Fraudulent workers' compensation claims are a serious problem for employees in real need of workers' compensation benefits. Fraudulent claims cause employers' to become suspicious of all workers' compensation claims as well as raise their healthcare premiums. Fraudulent claims are a waste of resources and funds that could go to employees with legitimate work-related injuries.

New York Building Collapse Cause for Concern

Last year, a three-story building in New York collapsed while construction workers were adding a fourth floor. The New York Department of Buildings' investigation yielded four reasons for the catastrophe: the failure to fix a wall's crack, the stress of construction upon the building, unusually rainy weather and the filling of a basement of an adjacent building. Fortunately, no one was killed; however, three construction workers and one pedestrian were injured.

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