workers’ compensation News

Company in Minnesota Vikings Stadium Fatality Had Safety Citations

The subcontractor involved in a fatal accident at the Minnesota Vikings stadium construction site has received nine citations for worksite safety violations in the past five years, according to public records. A Berwald Roofing Co. employee was killed on Aug. …

Louisiana Jobless Rate Dips but Job Totals Shrink

Fewer people had jobs in Louisiana in July as employer payrolls shrank, but the unemployment rate fell again as even more people left the labor force. The state’s unemployment rate fell to 6.2 percent in July from 6.4 percent in …

Cause of Deadly New Mexico Scaffold Collapse Sought

Six of the remaining seven construction workers injured in the collapse of a six-story scaffold outside a New Mexico medical center were released from hospitals last week as investigators began work on trying to determine the cause of the accident. One …

California WCIRB Proposes Premium 7.8% Below 2015 Average

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has submitted its Jan. 1, 2016 pure premium rate filing to the California Department of Insurance proposing advisory pure premium rates that average $2.45 per $100 of payroll. That WCIRB figure is 7.8 percent …

Uber Headache if More Drivers Want Full-Time Status

Thousands of new full-time workers would spring into existence if Uber is forced to stop treating some of its drivers like contract workers, and the benefits that come with that employee status may entice part-time rideshare drivers to beef up their …

NCCI Seeks Workers’ Comp Loss Costs Increase in Virginia

The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI ) recently delivered a workers’ compensation loss cost filing to the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC). Based on its review of the most recently available data, NCCI proposed in its July 17 filing …

California WCIRB Report Shows Medical Bill Transactions Fell in 2014

The California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau on Tuesday issued its California Workers’ Compensation Aggregate Medical Payment Trends report showing medical bill transactions fell by $100 million in 2014. The WCIRB report compares medical payment transaction data from calendar year 2014 with calendar year …

Feds Charge Texas-Based Oil Platform Operator over Deadly Blast

Oil platform operator Black Elk Energy is facing federal criminal charges in connection with a November 2012 explosion off Louisiana’s coast that left three workers dead and others badly injured. Multiple media outlets report that U.S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite …

NCCI Seeks Worker’s Comp Loss Costs, Rates Decrease in New Hampshire

The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI ) recently delivered a workers’ compensation loss cost filing to the New Hampshire Insurance Department. NCCI said in its July 31 filing that based upon its review of the most recently available data, …

Ohio Company Faces $235K in Fines for Health Violations

A North Lima, Ohio-based ambulance company faces penalties totaling $235,800 for 14 alleged workplace health and safety violations, according to federal safety officials. The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration said an investigation found that Lifefleet LLC …