workers’ compensation News

Ammonia Leak at Chicago-Area Food Processing Plant Sends 7 to Hospitals

Authorities say seven people, including two firefighters, have been taken to hospitals for treatment following an ammonia leak at a food processing facility in suburban Chicago. Streamwood fire Chief Chris Clark says crews responded late Monday to the Fresh Express …

At Least 2 Dead in Blast at Wisconsin Mill

Recovery crews are continuing to search a mountain of debris for a missing worker following an explosion at a corn mill plant that killed at least two employees, injured about a dozen others and leveled parts of the sprawling facility …

Illinois Senate Passes Bills Requiring Work Comp Pre-Approval, Creating Nonprofit Insurer

The Illinois Senate has passed two workers’ compensation measures — one that would require companies writing workers’ comp insurance to get state approval for the rates they charge, and another that creates a nonprofit company — with government oversight — …

OSHA, Mid Continent Recommit to Oklahoma Oil and Gas Worker Safety Alliance

U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Mid Continent Exploration and Production Safety Network have renewed an alliance to promote safety at oil and gas operations in Oklahoma. OSHA reported that the alliance is committed to providing …

Mass. Court Says Suspended Public Employee Can Receive Workers’ Comp

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that an injured public employee is still eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits after being suspended from employment. The court concluded that workers’ compensation benefits are not compensation as defined in the state’s …

California Commissioner Lowers Workers’ Comp Pure Premium

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued a revised advisory pure premium rate, lowering the benchmark to $2.02 per $100 of payroll for workers’ compensation insurance effective July 1. This is 16.5 percent less than the average pure premium rate of …

California’s Comp Insurers Had 5.1% More in Direct Written Premium in 2016

California workers’ compensation insurers wrote $12.96 billion in direct written premium last year, an increase of $628 million, or 5.1 percent, from the prior year, according to new data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners released by the California …

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Wants to Abolish Labor Review Board

Wisconsin’s 106-year-old labor commission would vanish and Gov. Scott Walker’s administration would decide workplace disputes, including workers’ compensation disputes, in its place under a budget proposal up being considered by the the Legislature’s finance committee. Walker’s plan to eliminate the …

Workplace Regulation to Reduce Incidents at California Oil Refineries OK’d

California’s Department of Industrial Relations’ Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board today approved a regulation aimed at strengthening workplace safety and health at oil refineries across the state. The new regulation is designed to provide a framework for anticipating, preventing …

California Division of Workers’ Compensation Suspends Two, Including Drobot

California’s Department of Industrial Relations and the Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended two more medical providers from participating in California’s workers’ compensation system. The suspensions were made possible by the passage last year of Assembly Bill 1244, which requires …