workers’ compensation News

Texas Extends Reporting Period for Workers’ Comp Non-Subscriber Status

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announced a grace period for employers without workers’ compensation insurance coverage or that terminated their coverage (non-subscribers) to report their non-coverage status to DWC without penalty. This grace period also …

Louisiana Sees Big Growth in Health Care, Education Employment

Employment in education and health services grew by 2,400 jobs in December 2015 to the highest level since the current employment tracking system began in 1990, while Louisiana’s unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent, according to seasonally-adjusted data released by …

California State Fund to Roll out New Medical Provider Network

State Compensation Insurance Fund will soon transition to a new outcomes-based medical provider network following a California Division of Workers’ Compensation approval of the new MPN called the State Fund MPN by Harbor Health. State Fund said it is transitioning …

Frozen Seafood Distributor Faces $115K for Safety Violations in Texas

Named a “severe violator” by federal safety officials, a frozen seafood distributor operating a plant in Brownsville, Texas, has been hit with $155,000 in fines over workplace safety hazards. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations for 11 …

Texas Flooring Company Fined Nearly $67K After Worker Falls

Federal safety regulators cited a Texas flooring company for workplace hazards after a worker required hospitalization due to workplace injuries. Subfloor Systems Inc. of Hurst, Texas, was fined $66,990 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a worker fell …

Report: Florida’s Workers’ Comp Market Still Strong but Uncertainty Remains

The latest workers’ compensation report from Florida’s insurance regulator says the state’s workers’ compensation market remained competitive and well capitalized in 2014, but reforms put in place by state lawmakers in 2003 may have reached their maximum effectiveness. Findings and …

Washington Refinery Fined Nearly $325K for Workplace Violations

Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries has fined Phillips 66 Refinery $324,000 for failing to correct serious workplace safety and health violations. An L&I inspection of the Ferndale facility found the violations put refinery workers at great risk in case …

1 Worker Dead, 3 Hurt in Explosion at Texas Chemical Plant

Officials say an explosion at a Houston-area chemical plant has left one worker dead and three hurt. Pasadena police say the tank accident happened Saturday afternoon at the PeroxyChem Bayport Plant. A statement from Philadelphia-based PeroxyChem says the workers were …

Workplace Deaths Down in North Dakota Oil Patch

The number of work-related deaths in the North Dakota oil patch in 2015 dropped from the previous year. Occupational Safety and Health Administration data show three such fatalities last year, down from seven in 2014 and 10 in 2013. Eric …

New York Man Accused of Fraud in Collecting $82K From Workers’ Comp

New York authorities have charged a Niagara Falls man with larceny and insurance fraud, accusing him of collecting $82,000 from workers compensation over 13 years while self-employed. Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott says 55-year-old James Reagle is accused of making …