workers’ compensation News

Medical Marijuana Gaining Favor as Treatment in Workers’ Compensation

Though states and the federal government remain at odds on marijuana legalization, the drug is gaining traction as a viable treatment in workers’ compensation claims. In a recent discussion with Claims Journal, Brian Allen, vice president of government affairs for …

Worker’s Death on Gulf Platform Subject of Federal Probe

Federal regulators are investigating the weekend death of a worker on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The contractor was removing out-of-service fire suppression equipment when he was fatally injured on the offshore platform Saturday, according to …

California Construction Workers Injured in Elevator Shaft Fall

Authorities say four construction workers were hurt, three critically, after plunging 30 feet down an elevator shaft at an unfinished Los Angeles building. The Fire Department says the men were working on a five-story building in North Hollywood when they …

Montana Investment Board OKs Transfer of State Fund Money

The Montana Board of Investments approved the transfer of $14.7 million from the Montana State Fund to the state’s firefighting fund by April 1. During a special legislative session in November, lawmakers set a temporary 3 percent management fee on …

Worker Injury Incidence Rate in Louisiana in 2016 Among the Lowest

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) reports that the rate of nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses among Louisiana’s private sector employers remained steady in 2016, according to a federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) survey. The state’s rate of non-fatal accidents …

What to Expect in Workers’ Compensation Pricing in 2018

Workers’ compensation rates in 2018 will be mixed, with some programs seeing pricing flat to down and others seeing spikes, according to a market prediction from the broker USI. In other words, market trends should continue as they did in …

Louisiana Work-Related Fatalities Decreased in 2016

The number of work-related fatalities in Louisiana decreased in 2016, despite an uptick in work-related deaths nationally that year, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Citing the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the LWC …

Two Killed, One Critical Injury After Accident at Pennsylvania Crane Manufacturer

Two men have been killed and a third was critically injured in an accident at a Pennsylvania crane manufacturer. State police say the accident happened Friday morning at Manitowoc Cranes in Shady Grove, about 65 miles southwest of Harrisburg. Trooper …

Texas Workers’ Comp Division: Nonsubscriber Annual Reports Are Due

Annual reporting for employers without workers’ compensation insurance must be submitted to the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) by April 30. By law, Texas employers that do not provide workers’ compensation insurance must submit two types of forms to …

Feds Investigating Fatal Fall at Nebraska Construction Site

Federal workplace safety investigators are looking into what led to the fatal fall of a construction worker at a Hastings, Nebraska, work site last week. Television station KSNB reports that Jeff Funke of the Omaha office of the Occupational Safety …