workers’ compensation News

Jury Awards $13.6M in Williams Olefins Louisiana Plant Explosion Case

A Louisiana jury awarded a total of $13.6 million to four men injured in the 2013 explosion at the Williams Olefins Geismar plant. The Advocate reports a jury in Iberville Parish ruled late on Sept. 26 that the company, several …

Workers’ Compensation for PEOs and Their Employees

Professional employer organizations (PEOs) began their rise after the adoption of the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 cleared a path for the creation and expansion of such entities. Between 780 and 980 professional employer organizations operate across …

Could Trouble with Comp Products from Berkshire Affiliates Land in Brokers’ Laps?

Insurance brokers who sold allegedly illegal workers’ compensation products from Berkshire Hathaway affiliates involved in legal and regulatory troubles in New York and California could end up being strapped with liability issues that may not be covered by their professional …

ICW Group Now Writing Workers’ Compensation in Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia

ICW Group Insurance Companies has begun writing workers’ compensation four additional states—Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia. The San Diego-based company says the move bolsters its presence across the Midwest and South, while enabling it to better serve agents with clients …

Iowa Insurance Division: Assessments for Second Injury Fund Total $8M

The Iowa Insurance Division reported that insurers and self-insured employers in the state are being assessed $8 million to in order to pump up the coffers of the state’s Second Injury Fund. The IID said sufficient funds are not available to meet …

Texas Nonsubscriber Specialist CPro Associates Buys Accident Insurance Services

Dallas-based general agency CPro Associates Inc. has acquired Accident Insurance Services Inc., also of Dallas. Both companies specialize in Texas nonsubscriber occupational injury benefit plans. The stock purchase transaction becomes effective Oct. 1. Alan Hardin, CEO and founding partner of CPro Associates, …

Ohio Etching Plant Fined $256K for Workplace Safety Violations

Federal safety inspectors are recommending that a Cleveland, Ohio, etching company face $256,000 in penalties for safety and health violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration posted an imminent danger notice at A-Brite Plating in April after learning a 40-year-old …

Report Details Drug Dispensing in California Workers’ Comp

California’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has issued a report that shows the share of drug payments made directly to dispensing physicians compared with pharmacies fell by 20 percent over three years. The report, “Patterns of Drug Dispensing in California …

Oregon’s SAIF Announces $140M in Dividends to Workers’ Comp Policyholders

The Oregon SAIF board of directors has decided to give workers’ compensation policyholders two dividends this year totaling $140 million. One dividend is based on premium, and the another is tied to safety performance. The board declared a $120 million …

Cargo-Handling Firm Fined Nearly $339K for Workplace Hazards at O’Hare Airport

Federal safety workplace officials have cited a major cargo-handling company for exposing forklift operators at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to struck-by and electrical hazards, and proposed penalties of more than $338,000. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said this is the …