workers’ compensation News

State, Federal Officials Investigating Louisiana Blast that Killed 3

Authorities have identified the three workers who died in an explosion at the Packaging Corporation of America plant in DeRidder, La. The Beauregard Daily news reports that the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office identified those killed as 33-year-old William Rolls, Jr.; …

Phillips 66: Worker Unaccounted for After Louisiana Pipeline Explosion

A Phillips 66 employee remains unaccounted for after an explosion sparked a fire at a pipeline station it operates west of New Orleans, the company said in a statement. Six people were working at the site in Paradis, Louisiana, when …

Order Issued to Protect Workers in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Projects

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has issued a consent administrative order against the city of Pine Bluff and its parolee- and prison-labor demolition program that was shut down last year. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the city will have to …

Missouri Utility to Appeal Worker’s $10.7M Lawsuit Award

A Missouri-based utility said it will appeal a state judge’s award of more than $10 million to a man who said he developed permanent respiratory issues while working as a mechanic at one of the company’s sites. Circuit Judge William …

As Super Bowl Approaches a Former NBA Player Reflects on Cumulative Injury

Most of us who sit down with our beverages and snacks to watch one of the biggest events in pro sports on Sunday won’t have things like workers’ compensation and cumulative injury on our minds. Just Brady vs. Ryan, Quinn …

UTHealth Study: 78% of Houston Hospital Workers Are Overweight or Obese

Seventy-eight percent of employees at Houston hospitals are overweight or obese, according to a study by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. The research results were published recently in the …

Indiana Doctor Faces 55 Felony Charges in ‘Pill Mill’ Case

An Indiana doctor accused of operating a “pill mill” saw as many as 100 patients in a single day and traded pain pills for work on his farm, federal investigators say. Dr. Tristan Stonger faces 55 felony charges stemming from …

Ohio Pharmacy Board: Painkiller Prescriptions Down 20% Since 2012

The state says the number of painkiller prescriptions continues to fall as Ohio battles a deadly addictions epidemic. Data released by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy show 631 million painkiller pills were dispensed to patients last year, down 20 percent …

Former Washington Corrections Officer Jailed In $100K Workers’ Comp Scam

A former Washington state corrections officer accused of holding three jobs while claiming he was too disabled to work will serve seven days behind bars along with home detention. John J. Gruden, 44, pleaded guilty to felony, first-degree theft in …

Texas Construction Site Fire Leaves 1 Worker Dead, 1 Injured

Officials say one electrical worker has died and another was critically hurt in a fire at a downtown Amarillo, Texas, construction site. An official with University Medical Center in Lubbock says Roger Copelin suffered severe burns and died Sunday. Spokesman …