Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2005 15:20:08 -0500
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From: Jay Young <chemcon**At_Symbol_Here**JUNO.COM>
Subject: Re: Safety Message
Comments: To: esf**At_Symbol_Here**UVM.EDU

Gee, that's an interesting twist that you have in Minnesota.  I was
unaware of it. 

I wonder what would happen if an inmate who was working in a prison
industry happened to be injured because of an incident that would
(otherwise) come under OSHA jurisdiction hired an attorney to represent
his or her interests in the litigation arising from that incident?

I hope that the Minnesota State Attorneys' Office has thought this thing
through and has a useful answer.

Jay Young

On Tue, 8 Nov 2005 15:24:51 -0500 List Moderator  writes:
> From: "Diane Amell" 
> Date: November 8, 2005 2:30:52 PM EST
> Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Need  Your Opinion on Safety Issues
> For the record: In Minnesota, we consider anyone who receives some 
> sort
> of compensation an "employee". For example, we have many volunteer 
> fire
> departments throughout the state. Firefighters with some of these
> departments are considered city employees, because they receive a 
> "per
> call fee" and/or are covered by a pension plan, even thought they do 
> not
> draw a salary and they support themselves through other means.
> It sounds crass and cruel, but yes, we do not cover students paying
> tuition to the school in order to attend a lab class. Paid 
> undergraduate
> lab assistants, however, are another matter.
> We also do not extend protection to inmates in correctional
> institutions, whether working in the prison industries or not. (Just 
> in
> case anyone was wondering.)
> - Diane Amell, MNOSHA

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