workers’ compensation News

Texas Mutual Awards $600K in College Education Grants

Texas Mutual Insurance Co. announced it has awarded a combined $600,000 in grants to College of the Mainland in Texas City, Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, El Paso Community College, Kilgore College, Midland College and Amarillo College. The grants …

CDI: Trucking Company Owners Cheated Workers’ Comp Carrier out of Millions

A pair of California trucking company owners were arrested for cheating their worker’s compensation insurer out of millions of dollars. Alvin Shin Chen, 54, and Fiona Xilin Chen, 46, both of La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., were arrested this week at …

NCCI Sees Stable Trends in New England

The National Council on Compensation Insurance says it is seeing generally stable trends in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont — five New England states where NCCI serves as a licensed rating and statistical organization. “Overall, the NCCI …

Texas Roofer Fined $80K for Repeated Workplace Hazards

Federal safety regulators have levied $80,280 in penalties against Quick Roofing LLC for repeatedly exposing workers to falls, ladder hazards and eye injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said the employer has been cited six times in three …

Swine Flu, Avian Flu, Ebola, the Zika Virus and Workers’ Compensation

Two tests must be satisfied before an illness or disease can be considered occupational and thus compensable under workers’ compensation: The illness or disease must be “occupational,” meaning that it arose out of the course and scope of employment; and …

OSHA Fines Storage Tank Company $95K for Missouri Workplace Hazards

A federal agency has found that a storage tank manufacturer is continuing to expose workers in Missouri to hazardous levels of a chemical than can cause lung cancer and other health problems. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that …

Fatal Occupational Injuries Fell in California in 2014, Latest Report Shows

The number of Californians who died on the job fell in 2014, according to the latest data available from the California Department of Industrial Relations. The DIR compiled the data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and reported it …

OSHA: 3 in South Central States Killed when Riding Mowers Overturn

In the past month, three landscape company employees have died in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas when riding mowers or tractors overturned into water or a stream bed — equaling the total in the previous six years, a federal safety official …

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Limits Upheld in Missouri

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that caps on how much money someone can win in a wrongful death lawsuit do not violate the constitution. The decision says a person’s right to a jury trial in those cases is not …

Miller Named Executive VP and COO at SFM Mutual Insurance

Terry Miller has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer at Bloomington, Minn.-based SFM Mutual Insurance Co. Miller was the company’s original controller. He rose through the ranks in his 30-plus years at SFM to become vice president of …