workers’ compensation News

SFM Mutual Insurance Acquires Minnesota’s Barrier Free Access

SFM Mutual Insurance Co., a Midwest regional workers’ compensation insurer, has acquired Barrier Free Access, a Byron, Minn.-based provider of safe patient handling products, design consultation and training to medical facilities throughout the Upper Midwest. Through selling and training on …

Michigan Packaging Company Fined Nearly $250K for Safety Violations

The state says a packaging company in suburban Detroit is being fined nearly $250,000 for alleged worker safety violations. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the fines for AJM Packaging’s plant in Southgate. MIOSHA’s General Industry Safety and …

California Commissioner Issues Cease and Desist Order to Applied

Update: The California Department of Insurance originally issued a cease and desist notice, not an order as is reported below. Due to wording in a press release issued from CDI, several news outlets reported an order was issued. A CDI …

Oklahoma High Court Validates Workers’ Comp Icy Sidewalk ‘Slip and Fall’ Claim

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has reversed the decision of an Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission administrative law judge (ALJ) and ruled that a workers’ comp claim for a slip and fall on an icy sidewalk next to an employer’s parking lot is …

2 North Texas-Area Facilities Fined by Federal Safety Regulators

Federal safety regulators have fined two different companies over safety violation in facilities located in North Texas. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined steel fabricator, K-T Galvanizing Company Inc., $53,200 for 13 serious violations found in its facility …

OSHA: Crane Accident Kills North Dakota Oil Worker

A worker was killed in a crane accident at an oil well site in western North Dakota, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said. The incident, which happened late on June 20 near Ross in Mountrail County, was the second …

Update: 1 Dead, 3 Hurt in North Dakota Oil Rig Blast

One worker was killed and two others were seriously injured in an explosion and fire at an oil well in western North Dakota, authorities said. The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Department said 52-year-old Johnny Stassinos of Rock Springs, Wyoming, died Saturday …

Applied Underwriters’ Workers’ Comp Business Faulted by California Regulator

California’s insurance commissioner said a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. insurance business evaded a state law designed to protect small businesses from unexpected workers’ compensation costs. Commissioner Dave Jones faulted Berkshire’s Applied Underwriters Inc. and California Insurance Co. units over the sale …

Church Mutual, Insight Worldwide Partner on Pre-Employment Screening

Merrill, Wis.-based Church Mutual Insurance Co. announced it has partnered with Insight Worldwide to offer access to pre-employment screening for those who hire employees at senior living communities. Pre-screening applicants before engaging in an employment agreement helps ensure that new …

Missouri Governor Signs Bills Expanding Access to Medicines

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed two bills aimed at expanding patient access to either cheaper biologic drugs or more expensive prescriptions. Nixon signed the legislation on June 8. One bill includes new rules for step therapy, which is the …