workers’ compensation News

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 …

Trench Safety Hazards Lead to $121K in Fines for Austin Contractors

Two Austin, Texas, construction contracting firms are facing more than $121,000 in combined fines for workplace safety violations involving trenching hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Sept. 6 cited Austin Constructors LLC and Muniz Concrete and Contracting Inc. …

$411K in Fines Proposed in Nebraska Grain Elevator Fatality

A federal safety agency has proposed more than $411,000 in penalties against the operator of a south-central Nebraska grain elevator where a worker was killed. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a news release that Cooperative Producers Inc. …

New York to Provide $5M in Grants to Prevent Workplace Injuries

New York state is providing $5 million in grants to improve safety conditions in low-wage industries. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the program Saturday after participating in a Labor Day parade in New York City. The Democratic governor says the grants will …

Michigan to Conduct Surprise Inspections of Demolition Sites

Michigan’s workplace safety agency plans to step up unannounced inspections of demolition sites around the state to ensure workers are properly protected against hazards such as exposure to asbestos. The Detroit Free Press reports the Michigan Occupational Health and Safety …