Workers Compensation News

California Ski Resort Where Patroller Died Fined for Workplace Safety Violations

State officials has cited and fined a California ski resort for violating two workplace safety codes following an investigation into a ski patroller’s death. KRNV-TV reported 42-year-old Squaw Valley Ski Resort patroller Joe Zuiches died in January while working avalanche …

New Regulations to Improve Safety at California Oil Refineries Finalized

New regulations designed to strengthen workplace and environmental safety at oil refineries across the state were finalized this week. The regulations, which take effect on Oct. 1, include recommendations of the Governor’s Interagency Working Group on Refinery Safety, created after …

Colorado Worker’s Body Found Under 2-Ton Container at Coal Processing Plant

A worker has died in an accident at a northwestern Colorado coal processing plant, the mine and federal officials said. The body of Jason Stevens of Vernal, Utah was found under a two-ton container used to clean coal at a …

How to Protect Older Workers from Injuries on the Job

When managers at Bon Secours Virginia Health System started analyzing worker’s compensation cases, they noticed a bad combination: Lifting heavy and sicker patients was taking a toll on older nurses. “We saw an increase in back injuries and older workers …

Older Workers at Greater Risk of Dying in Workplace Accidents

Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics. It’s a trend that’s particularly alarming as baby boomers …

Tesla Workers in California Seek Safety Plan, Clarity on Pay

A group of Tesla Inc. workers in California have asked the electric car maker’s board to provide a plan to address employee safety and information on pay and promotion. The worker group, which hopes to become part of the United …

Chevron Spending $20M to Protect Workers in Wake of California Fire

Chevron Corp. and state regulators have reached a settlement related to a 2012 fire at its Richmond refinery that will require the company to spend about $20 million on safety improvements, officials announced this week. The agreement requires Chevron to …

States See Mixed Results from Reforms Targeting Physician-Dispensed Drugs: WCRI

A new study has found that state reforms to control the costs of prescription drugs by targeting reimbursements for physicians dispensing them are having some effect but that physician-dispensing still accounts for a large share of prescription drug costs in …

Washington Worker Files Suit Following Poisonous Gas Injury

A former worker at a Washington recycling facility injured after opening an unlabeled tank containing poisonous gas has filed a lawsuit. The Spokesman-Review reported in a story that Felix W. Shuck filed the lawsuit against Ibex Construction and its owner, …

California Workers’ Comp Bureau Rolls out 2018 Experience Mod Estimator

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has launched the 2018 Experience Modification Estimator for insurers, agents and brokers to help policyholders understand how their payroll and claim experience will be used in the computation of their 2018 experience modification. Users …