workers’ compensation News

Oklahoma Company Fined More than $535K for Safety, Health Violations

An Oklahoma truck bed manufacturer was cited by federal safety officials for putting workers at risk and fined more than $500,000 after investigators identified multiple safety and health violations at the company’s workplace. A complaint of unsafe working conditions led U.S. …

Arkansas Jury Awards $2M to Former Railroad Engineer

An Arkansas jury has ordered Union Pacific Corp. to pay a former engineer $2 million for injuries he suffered in a 2013 train crash. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that nine of 12 Pulaski County jurors decided 51-year-old Johnnie Ray Walker …

Explosion at Minnesota Truck Plant Injures 6

A truck plant explosion in a small southeastern Minnesota town injured six people on Jan. 11 but many more employees could have been hurt, authorities said. Many employees at McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing Inc. in Dodge Center who would have …

Illinois Roofing Contractor Barringer Fined Again for Fall Hazards

An Illinois roofing contractor has once again been cited and fined by federal safety officials for exposing workers to fall hazards. Proposed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) penalties total $214,782. Robert Barringer III, operating as Barringer Brothers Roofing, has …

Census: Work-Related Deaths Increase in Arkansas

A recent census shows a majority of Arkansas’ work-related deaths in 2015 were linked to transportation. The Arkansas Department of Labor’s census shows the state had 74 work-related deaths in 2015. That is up from 67 the previous year. More …

Report on California Workers’ Comp Shows Sharp Increase in ALAE Costs

Allocated loss adjustment expense costs have increased sharply over the last several years despite implementation of many of the components of a workers’ compensation reform law intended to reduce total loss adjustment expense levels, a report out today from the …

California Labor Commissioner Nails Taxi Company for Failure to Carry Comp

Santa Rosa, Calif. taxi company A-C Transportation Services Inc. has agreed to settle a $522,300 citation for refusing to provide its 30 drivers with workers’ compensation insurance coverage and for misclassifying them as independent contractors. California Labor Commissioner Julie A. …

Texas Feed Manufacturer Fined Nearly $92K for Health, Safety Violations

Thomas Moore Feed in Navasota, Texas, has been cited by federal safety officials for repeat and serious health and safety violations. Proposed penalties total $91,911. Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigators inspected the feed manufacturer’s facility on Aug. …

2 Hurt in Explosion at Northern Oklahoma Manufacturing Plant

Authorities say two workers were injured after an explosion and fire at a manufacturing plant in northern Oklahoma. The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon at the ICES Corporation plant in Cleveland, about 80 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. Cleveland Fire …

California DIR Releases Overview of Upcoming New Laws

The California Department of Industrial Relations has released its 2016 Legislative Digest, which summarizes new laws that impact workers and employers. Most of the chaptered bills are slated to take effect on Jan. 1, 2017. Highlights those new laws include: …