Insurance Journal » workers’ compensation http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:14:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Slight Decline in Work-Related Deaths in Louisiana in 2013 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/22/341189.htm Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:49:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341189 The number of work-related fatalities in 2013 in Louisiana declined to 114, according to a preliminary count by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) reported. The figure was …

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Oklahoma Plating Company Fined $341.5K for Workplace Safety Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/19/341174.htm Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:42:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341174 Pride Plating Inc. in Grove, Okla., was cited on Sept. 4 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to cancer-causing health hazards from hexavalent chromium. The company received 38 violations with proposed penalties …

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Workers’ Comp Fraud Charges Filed on Utah http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/09/19/341159.htm Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:50:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341159 A Utah man who suffered a knee injury while working at the Montana State Prison is charged with defrauding the state worker’s compensation fund by collecting total disability benefits while running a construction company. The Independent Record reported the attorney …

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After Worker Dies Chevron Drains Natural Gas Pipeline Off Louisiana Coast http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/18/341039.htm Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:56:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341039 Authorities said that a Chevron Corp. subsidiary was still releasing natural gas on Sept. 14 from a pipeline off the Louisiana coast where an incident killed a maintenance worker. Col. Mike Edmonson, the superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, said his …

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Workplace Deaths Increase in Indiana in 2013 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/17/340789.htm Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:08:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340789 State officials say the number of workplace deaths in Indiana was up in 2013, but it was still the third-lowest number of fatalities recorded in the past 22 years. The Indiana Department of Labor reports the state had 123 worker …

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EMPLOYERS Launches Work-Related Injury Hotline for Florida Small Business Clients http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/16/340532.htm Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:00:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340532 Small business insurer EMPLOYERS has launched Coventry/NT24, a 24-hour hotline staffed by registered nurses who provide medical guidance over the phone for work-related injuries or illnesses. The service is available to EMPLOYERS workers’ compensation policyholders in Florida. Coventry/NT24 is staffed …

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California Workers’ Comp Kaleidoscope Through Conference-goers Eyes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/09/12/340398.htm Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:46:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340398 Rick Hudson was sitting at his booth at the California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference on Thursday scanning emails on his smartphone during a slow period when he was asked what the most significant change to his job has been …

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Texas Sees Decrease in Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2013 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/11/340294.htm Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:20:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340294 In 2013, there were 493 fatal occupational injuries in Texas, an 8 percent decrease from 536 in 2012, the Texas Department of Insurance reported. The figures are based on preliminary data released release by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau …

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S. Dakota Director: Don’t Charge Work Comp Premiums for Independent Contractors http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/09/339790.htm Tue, 09 Sep 2014 05:40:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339790 Merle Scheiber, director of South Dakota’s Insurance Division, has issued a reminder to workers’ compensation insurers that bona fide independent contractors are not required to carry workers’ comp insurance under state statute. Scheiber said the division has found that some …

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Industrial Boom Driving Louisiana’s Ascension Parish http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/08/339954.htm Tue, 09 Sep 2014 02:50:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339954 More than 2,000 construction workers are building a $2.1 billion expansion of CF Industries’ nitrogen complex in Louisiana’s Ascension Parish. The 100-acre addition to the nation’s largest nitrogen plant is expected to be completed in 2016. More than 17,000 pilings …

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California Chiropractor Charged In Insurance Fraud Scheme http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/09/08/339902.htm Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:17:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339902 A Riverside County, Calif. chiropractor is accused of masterminding an elaborate fraud scheme that bilked insurance companies out of millions of dollars. The Press-Enterprise reports Peyman Heidary is charged with heading a criminal organization that established medical clinics and a …

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9/11 Responders Urged to Register for N.Y. Workers’ Comp Benefits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/09/08/339889.htm Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:08:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339889 Elected officials and union activists in New York are urging Sept. 11 responders to sign up for New York worker compensation benefits. They say that those who worked around the World Trade Center site should enroll with the state Workers …

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Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance to File for 5% Rate Reduction http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/05/339748.htm Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:08:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339748 Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI), the largest workers’ compensation insurer in Kentucky, announced that it plans to file for an overall rate reduction of 5 percent effective Jan. 1, 2015. KEMI said Thursday the plan was approved by its board …

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Conn. Auditors: WCC Charged $450K Assessment Without Legislative Authority http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/09/04/339697.htm Thu, 04 Sep 2014 22:29:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339697 A new report from Connecticut state auditors said the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) improperly charged $450,000 to workers’ comp insurers and self-insured employers last fiscal year to recoup the money transferred to the state’s general fund. The report was …

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WCRI Study Examines Trends in N.Y. Workers’ Comp System http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/09/04/339621.htm Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:58:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339621 The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) in Massachusetts has published a new report that examines the performance of the New York workers’ compensation system following reforms enacted in 2007. The new WCRI study, titled “Monitoring Trends in the New York …

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Report: 1-in-6 Construction Workers in California Part of ‘Informal Economy’ http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/09/02/339229.htm Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:52:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339229 A report by the nonprofit research group Economic Roundtable released over the Labor Day holiday found that one-in-six construction workers in California fell into the state’s “informal economy,” an economy that cost the workers’ compensation market $264 million among other …

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Oklahoma Widow Awarded $503K in Contested Workers’ Comp Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/02/339207.htm Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:20:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339207 The widow and son of a Bartlesville, Okla., man who died during firefighting training have been awarded more than $503,000 in federal and state death benefits despite testimony that said the man was never with a fire department. Thomas Russell …

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‘Cops’ Film Crew Member Killed by Omaha Police Bullet http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/29/339059.htm Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:23:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339059 When the call came from an officer who needed help facing an armed robber at a fast-food restaurant, two members of a reality television show riding along with Omaha police hustled to record the confrontation. In the chaotic scene that …

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California Underground Economy Sweep Results in Fines, Citations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/28/338984.htm Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:54:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338984 The California Department of Insurance on Wednesday led a statewide multi-agency sweep in which representatives visited more than 50 businesses to educate owners about their obligations to comply with insurance, licensing, workplace safety and labor laws, tax codes and regulations. …

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Kentucky Workers’ Comp Loss Costs to Decrease Overall for 9th Straight Year http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/08/27/338696.htm Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:04:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338696 In Kentucky, workers’ compensation loss costs used by insurers in figuring rates to charge employers will show an overall decrease for the ninth straight year. Kentucky Insurance Commissioner Sharon P. Clark announced today that the state’s Department of Insurance has …

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Employment Growth Leads to Workers’ Comp Benefit, Cost Uptick http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/08/26/338577.htm Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:51:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338577 Workers’ compensation benefits rose by 1.3 percent to $61.9 billion in 2012, while employer costs rose by 6.9 percent to $83.2 billion, according to a report released today by the National Academy of Social Insurance (the Academy). This growth in …

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Study: Opioid-Related Deaths Cut by 25% in Medical Marijuana States http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/08/26/338566.htm Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:10:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338566 On average, states allowing the medical use of marijuana have lower rates of deaths resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses than states without such laws. That’s according to a new multi-institutional study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine and led by researchers …

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Commentary: Hopeful Outlook for Workers’ Comp http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/08/25/338545.htm Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:54:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338545 As we pass the halfway point of 2014, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) is relatively optimistic about the outlook for the workers’ compensation market in America. Industry costs remain largely contained. There is a reasonable expectation of some …

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NCCI Proposes Workers’ Comp Loss Costs Decrease in N.H. http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/08/18/337903.htm Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:05:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337903 The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) recently delivered a workers’ compensation loss cost filing to the New Hampshire Insurance Department. NCCI said that based upon its review of the most recently available data, it has proposed for New Hampshire …

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Oil Boom Drawing Teachers Away from Texas School Districts http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/14/337567.htm Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:32:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337567 A Texas school district is scrambling to prepare for the upcoming school year after the Eagle Ford Shale oil boom led to staffing problems. The Alice Independent School District still has to fill 21 teaching positions before classes start in …

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NYS Comp Board Vice Chair’s Laptop, Phones Seized: Report http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/08/12/337403.htm Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:13:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337403 Agents from the office of New York Attorney General and the FBI last week seized documents, a laptop and cell phones belonging to Frances Libous, vice chair of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board and wife of New York …

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Texas Plastics Plant Hit with $174K Fine for Safety and Health Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/12/337381.htm Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:35:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337381 Plastic Systems LLC in El Paso, Texas, was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 21 safety and health violations, including six repeat, for failing to develop adequate lockout/tagout procedures to control the unexpected startup of …

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Female Bank Robbery Conspirator Charged With Workers’ Comp Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/11/337311.htm Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:24:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337311 Aurora Barrera, 33, of Downey was arrested on charges related to her allegedly submitting a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder associated with a robbery, she assisted in staging – at a bank where she worked …

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St. Louis Propane Truck Explosion Injures 6 Workers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/11/337272.htm Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:34:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337272 A worker at a St. Louis truck terminal was in critical condition on Aug. 8 after a propane tank explosion that injured him and five co-workers. The explosion happened the previous night at a trucking terminal near downtown operated by …

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OSHA: Safety Violations Continue at Oklahoma Oil Refinery http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/06/336955.htm Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:37:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336955 U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited an Oklahoma oil refinery with five repeat and three serious violations for continuing to expose workers to unsafe conditions. As a result, OSHA imposed a fine of $184,800 on …

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