workers’ compensation News

Ohio Home Healthcare Firm Owner Failed to Report Employees; Owes $124K

An Ohio woman was sentenced Oct. 16 in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $124,573.07 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) after operating a home healthcare agency …

‘Coffee Burns’ Lead to Fraud Charges Against California McDonald’s Customer

Selena Edwards, 38, of Victorville, Calif., was arrested and faces 21 felony counts of insurance and workers’ compensation fraud associated with an alleged fraudulent claim against McDonald’s for second-degree burns to her hand from spilled coffee The charges also include …

Group Aims to Create Alternatives to Workers’ Comp State-by-State

Formed in late 2013, the Austin, Texas-based Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation — or ARAWC — would like to see an expansion of alternatives to state workers’ compensation systems, such as the nonsubscriber system in Texas and the …

WCRI: Hospital Costs for Injured Workers in N.C. Remained High in 2012

Hospital costs per workers’ compensation claim in North Carolina remained higher than most states in 2012 in the wake of attempts to control their costs, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The report, “CompScope …

‘Tis the Season for Workplace Safety

The holiday season can be one of the most prosperous times of year for many businesses. Increased activity in the workplace often means hiring temporary, seasonal employees. Continued employment gains across all industries and increased consumer spending are expected to …

Insurers: One-Third of Work Comp Claims in Midwest Were from Slips, Falls

Workers’ compensation carriers, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and United Heartland, report that during last year’s difficult Midwest winter, slips and falls on ice and snow accounted for nearly one-third of all workers’ compensation claims that resulted in lost …

Two Arkansas Firms Cited by OSHA; Fines Total More than $123K

Two Arkansas-based companies have been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for workplace safety violations. Combined penalties proposed by OSHA for the two firms total $123,100. Custom design and packaging manufacturer AGE Industries Ltd. …

New Hampshire Approves NCCI’s Loss Cost Decrease Filing

The New Hampshire Insurance Department announced Wednesday that it has approved the National Council on Compensation Insurance’s (NCCI) advisory loss cost and rating values filing to be effective Jan. 1, 2015. The approved voluntary loss cost change is a decrease …

Commercial Rates Continue on Slow Slide; Personal Lines Rates Moderate: Survey

The composite rate for U.S. commercial insurance was plus 1 percent in October 2014 while the composite rate for U.S. personal lines was plus 3 percent for the month, according to MarketScout’s monthly analysis of market conditions. “As expected, the …

Washington Bottle Maker Fined After Worker’s Hand Amputated

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries has fined a plastic bottle manufacturer in Battle Ground $86,800 for safety violations after a worker’s hand was caught in machinery and had to be amputated. Andersen Plastics was cited for one willful …