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Washington Workers’ Comp Rates for 2017 to Increase Less Than 1%

The average premium for workers’ compensation coverage in Washington will go up less than 1 percent in 2017, according to the Department of Labor & Industries. LL&I announced today the rate will rise by an average of 0.7 percent next …

Report: California Workers’ Comp Reforms Saving $1.3B Annually

A look back at the performance of a law reforming California’s worker’s compensation system that took effect in 2013 shows more than $1 billion in savings has been created. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau released a report on Senate …

DIR: California Independent Medical Review Shows Improvements

A California Department of Industrial Relations progress report shows continuing improvement of the state’s Independent Medical Review process. IMR is the medical dispute resolution process that uses medical expertise to obtain consistent, evidence-based decisions and component of the state’s workers’ …

U.S. Safety Board Investigating Alabama Colonial Pipeline Accident

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Friday it had opened an investigation into the Colonial Pipeline Co accident in Helena, Alabama, which killed one worker and seriously injured four others. Colonial’s gasoline pipeline ruptured on Monday during routine …

Alabama Pipeline Explosion Update: 1 Death Reported, Pipeline to Restart Saturday

This story is an update to an earlier one updating the worker injuries and one fatality. The owner of the biggest U.S. fuel pipeline said it may resume service on its gasoline line at noon local time Saturday after an …

Colonial Pipeline Explosion in Alabama Injures 7, Causes 2 Wildfires

An explosion along the Colonial Pipeline in rural Alabama injured at least seven workers Monday not far from where the line burst and leaked thousands of gallons of gasoline last month, authorities said. The blast, which sent flames and thick …

Study Highlights Workers’ Comp Claim Differences in California’s Central Valley

Workers in California’s Central Valley have a distinctly different workers’ compensation claims experience than those in other regions in terms of notification and treatment lag times, mix of injuries, types of care, types of drugs used, levels of attorney involvement, …

AIA Backs California Bill Changing Workers’ Comp Filing Requirements

The American Insurance Association is asking California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign into law a bill that would exempt large employers from waiting for insurance commissioner approval of ancillary agreements that are part of high-deductible workers’ compensation policies. Assembly Bill …

California Workers’ Comp Bureau Lowers Rate Filing with Eye on Bills

The governing committee of California’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau on Wednesday approved an amended, and reduced, rate filing for Jan. 1, 2017 workers’ compensation rates. It did so based on the hope that California Gov. Jerry Brown signs two …

Houston Tortilla Factory Fined Nearly $107K for Workplace Hazards

Federal safety officials have proposed penalties of $106,700 against a Houston tortilla factory over unsafe conditions at the company’s workplace. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated an investigation at the Houston Heights location of La …