workers’ compensation News

Illinois Company Fined $1.8 M for Exposing Workers to Asbestos

The top federal official for worker safety said that an Illinois businessman’s “outrageous behavior” of bringing in Mexican workers to remove asbestos without safety gear warrants fines of nearly $1.8 million. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health …

GUARD, Eyeing Expansion, Names Hitt as Executive VP for Property/Liability

Workers’ compensation insurer Berkshire Hathaway GUARD recently named Lyle Hitt  as executive vice president of Property and Liability Insurance as the company plans to expand. In his new role, Hitt will oversee activities related to lines of coverage used to …

Ohio Steel Company Fined $162K for Workplace Hazards

Federal safety officials have proposed penalties totaling $162,400 against an Ohio-based steel manufacturer for exposing workers to workplace hazards. While Republic Steel has made a significant investment in personnel, training and safety improvements, workers are still exposed to serious fall and chemical …

California Law Agencies Get $34.9M to Fight Workers’ Comp Fraud

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has awarded $34.9 million in grants to 37 district attorney offices representing 42 counties in California to combat workers’ compensation insurance fraud. The grants are funded through employer assessments, and they support law enforcement efforts in …

Court Decision May Impact Workers’ Comp Side Agreements in California

A recent court decision may have the potential to change the practice of side agreements in workers’ compensation policies California, a practice that some say often goes on under the regulatory radar. Zurich American Insurance Co. and American Zurich Insurance …

Report: 20K Jobs May Be Lost in Oklahoma Due to Energy Prices

A new Oklahoma State University economic forecast says the state could lose more than 20,000 jobs due to energy price volatility through 2016. The Journal Record reports that the state’s mining sector, which is dominated by oil and gas operations, …

Pipeline Explosion in South Texas Injures 2; Spurs Evacuations

Authorities say the explosion of a natural gas pipeline near the small South Texas town of Falfurrias injured two people and prompted the evacuation about 150 homes. An official with the Brooks County sheriff’s office said the explosion occurred at …

OSHA: 33 Injured in Missouri Aluminum Plant Explosion

Preliminary investigations indicate molten aluminum hitting water caused explosions that injured more than 30 employees at a southeast Missouri aluminum plant, a federal agency said. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the explosions that …

Report: California Workers’ Comp Premiums Growing at Double-Digit Rates

Workers’ compensation premiums in California continue to grow at double-digit rates, according to the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. The WCIRB recently released its “State of the California Worker’s Compensation Report,” and authors of the report on Wednesday highlighted developing …

Louisiana-Based Workers’ Comp Insurer Expands Into Texas

LUBA Workers’ Comp, based in Baton Rouge, La., is now offering workers’ compensation insurance coverage to businesses in Texas. LUBA Workers’ Comp covers businesses in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi through select, independent insurance agencies. Similar to how the company was …