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Washington Contractor Faces Manslaughter in Worker’s Trench Death

Criminal manslaughter charges have been filed against the owner of a Seattle, Wash.-area construction. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed second-degree manslaughter charges against Phillip Numrich, the owner of Alki Construction, in connection with the death of Harold Felton. …

California Reports 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries Down

The California Department of Industrial Relations is reporting that 376 Californians died on the job in 2016, down slightly from the 388 deaths in 2015. A review of the past 12 years indicates that workplace fatalities in California remain below …

California Division of Workers’ Comp Suspends 16 Medical Providers

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended 16 more medical providers from participating in the state’s workers’ comp system, bringing the total number of providers suspended this year to 131. The suspensions were made possible by the passage last …

California Workers’ Comp Division to Adopt a Drug Formulary, Host Webinars

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation will adopt an evidence-based drug formulary for medical providers treating injured workers beginning Jan. 1, 2018, following approval by the Office of Administrative Law. The DWC will host two informational webinars for interested parties …

California Workers’ Comp Department Suspends 9 Medical Providers for Fraud

The Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended nine more medical providers from participating in California’s workers’ compensation system, bringing the total number of providers suspended this year to 94. The providers were suspended for fraud or other criminal actions. The …

California’s Nonfatal Worker Injuries Remained Steady in 2016

The California Department of Industrial Relations has released the 2016 occupational injury and illness data on employer-reported injuries that shows nonfatal worker injured remained steady in the state. Estimates provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational …

California Workers’ Comp Division Suspends 12 Medical Providers for Fraud

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended 12 more medical providers from participating in California’s workers’ comp system, bringing the total number of providers suspended this year to 85. Nine providers were suspended for fraud or criminal actions and …

Pinnacol in Colorado to Drop Workers’ Comp Rates 7.4% in 2018

The Pinnacol Assurance board has approved a 2018 decrease in workers’ compensation rates that will average 7.4 percent for the insurer’s 57,000-plus Colorado policyholders. The decrease will become effective Jan. 1, 2018, and will make for the third straight year …

California Workers’ Comp Division Suspends 21 Medical Providers for Fraud

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended 21 more medical providers from participating in California’s workers’ comp system, bringing the total number of providers suspended this year to 73. The suspensions were made possible by the passage last year …

California Workers’ Comp Division Holding Regulations Hearing on Medical Provider Suspension

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation on Friday issued a notice of public hearing on proposed regulations to implement the provider suspension process required under Assembly Bill 1244. AB 1244, which went into effect Jan. 1, introduced new changes to …