workers’ compensation News

RIMS 2016: Employee vs. Contractor Debate to Become Even Hotter

The employee vs. contractor debate has the potential to have a major impact on the insurance industry, according to a pair of experts speaking on the topic on Monday in San Diego, Calif. It’s estimated there are 10 million independent …

California Workers’ Comp Committee Votes for Lower Mid-Year Filing

The governing committee of the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau voted unanimously on Wednesday to authorize the WCIRB to submit a mid-year pure premium rate reduction filing to the California Department of Insurance The filing will propose a July 1 …

Oklahoma Safety Campaign Aimed at Protecting Road Workers

State transportation officials are launching a public safety campaign to reduce the number of road workers killed and injured each year in Oklahoma work zones. Announcing the campaign, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said that in the last five years …

California Court Says Employers Can’t Deny Workers Seats

Employers cannot deny a worker a place to sit just because they prefer the person stand, and they must consider the employee’s work station, not their overall duties, when determining whether to provide a seat, the California Supreme Court said …

OSHA: No Reinforced Walls in Deadly Ohio Trench Collapse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says inspectors probing a construction site where a worker was killed this week found no evidence the wall of the trench was reinforced. Cleveland.com reports OSHA officials say inspectors didn’t find a trench box …

Security Worker Dies, Possibly from Nitrogen Exposure, in Ohio Steel Plant

A security worker at a steel plant in Ohio may have died from nitrogen exposure, federal investigators said. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the 32-year-old worker was found dead inside TimkenSteel’s Faircrest Plant in Canton on March 20. …

Survey: NW Arkansas Companies Seek to Hire Thousands, Expand Rapidly

A regional employer survey suggests that northwest Arkansas companies want to create more than 3,100 jobs and invest more than $336 million in expansion during the next three years. Arkansas Business reports that a quarter of the companies interviewed by …

July Explosion Leads to OSHA Fine for New Mexico Pot Business

A medical marijuana dispensary in New Mexico has been fined for safety violations after an explosion badly burned two workers. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration spent about eight months investigating the July 23 …

Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Washington Man’s Excavator Death

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a man who was killed when the excavator he was driving tumbled down a cliff about 25 miles southeast of Tacoma, Wash. The News Tribune reports that 22-year-old Jared Lanphear, …

Minnesota Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.7%

State officials say Minnesota’s unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent in January even though employers cut 5,000 jobs. The Department of Employment and Economic Development says 3,800 of those jobs were eliminated in the government sector. Despite those losses, …