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MEMIC Safety Expert on Growth of Ergonomics, Workers’ Comp

Karl Siegfried, senior vice president of Loss Control & Safety Services at Portland, Maine-headquartered MEMIC Group, recently spoke with Insurance Journal about the safety management team that is in place at MEMIC and the ways in which it seeks to benefit agents, brokers …

Iowa GOP’s Workers’ Comp Bill Signed by Governor

Iowa Gov. Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a controversial workers’ compensation bill that reduces benefits for injured workers, notably benefits for shoulder injuries, and decreases coverage for injuries tied to a pre-existing condition. A proposal to end permanent total disability …

Owners of California Hotel Cleaning Firm Plead Guilty to Workers’ Comp Fraud

The owners of a cleaning company serving luxury hotels in Southern California and Nevada have pleaded guilty in connection with a nearly $7 million insurance and tax scam. Hyok “Steven” Kwon and his wife, Woo “Stephanie” Kwon, owned Irvine-based Good …

BLS Report Finds Increase in New Jersey Fatal Work Injuries

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in March that fatal work injuries totaled 97 in New Jersey for the year 2015, a 10 percent increase from the previous year, according to Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli in the release. …

Downward Trend in Workers’ Comp Claims Continues in Minnesota

The number of paid workers’ compensation claims fell 53 percent relative to the number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) employees from 1997 to 2015, according to the Department of Labor and Industry’s 2015 Minnesota Workers’ Compensation System Report. The DLI said the …

California Worker’s Comp Governing Committee Votes for Lower Mid-Year Filing

The insurer and public members of the Workers’ Compensation Rating Bureau Governing Committee have voted to authorize the Governing Committee to submit a lower mid-year pure premium rate filing to the California Department of Insurance. The filing will propose a …

Advising Businesses on Business Interruption Insurance

With the late-winter storms that hit the Northeast this year, many businesses could have suffered a loss of revenue they were not anticipating. If a business owner was impacted by this latest storm, chances are his or her company was …

Safety Experts Questioning St. Louis’ Boiler Standards After Blast

Safety experts are questioning St. Louis’ boiler safety standards, following a deadly explosion that killed four people and injured several others. Boiler safety is regulated almost uniformly in most places, with standards that generally include periodic inspections, but not in …

Report: Traffic Deaths in L.A. Jumped Sharply in 2016

A report finds traffic deaths in Los Angeles jumped sharply despite a high-profile campaign by city leaders to eliminate fatal crashes. The Los Angeles Times reported that 260 people were killed in traffic crashes on city streets in 2016. That’s …

OSHA Offers Mitigation Tips to Protect Against Workplace Violence

According to OSHA, employers should establish a zero-tolerance policy toward workplace violence. In addition, the agency suggests the following: Provide safety education for employees so they know what conduct is not acceptable, what to do if they witness or are …

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