workers’ compensation News

Gas Leak Blamed for Deadly Texas Hospital Blast

Investigators say an explosion that killed three people and injured 13 others at a Texas hospital this year was caused by natural gas that leaked into a boiler room and an adjacent mechanical room. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that investigators …

Pennsylvania Insurance Department Plans Review of Two Workers’ Comp Filings

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has received two mid-year workers’ compensation loss cost filings with a proposed effective date of January 1, 2019, from the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau (PCRB). The department stated in a press release that it plans an …

Early Bills Filed for 2019 in Texas Include Insurance-Related Measures

Lawmakers have begun filing bills in the Texas Legislature for the legislative session that begins in January 2019. Among the bills filed so far that relate to property/casualty insurance include: HB 259: Relating to named driver insurance policies and certain …

New York Man Charged With More Than $15K in Workers’ Comp Fraud

A New York man has been arrested on charges that he defrauded the workers’ compensation system by claiming he was out of work due to an injury while continuing to work at his family business. Jeffrey Smalt of Bath, N.Y., …

Pinnacol in Colorado to Drop Workers’ Comp Rates, Issue Dividend in 2019

Pinnacol Assurance’s Board of Directors has approved a plan to decrease workers’ compensation rates in 2019 by an average of 10 percent. The decrease will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, and will be the fourth straight year Pinnacol …

California Lowers Workers’ Comp Advisory Rate Again

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Wednesday issued a revised advisory workers’ compensation pure premium rate, lowering the benchmark to $1.63 per $100 of payroll effective Jan. 1, 2019. Jones has reduced the advisory pure premium rate by about 42 …

Lawsuit: Superheated Steam Killed 2 Men at Kansas Plant

The family of one of two Kansas men killed at an energy plant says in a lawsuit that the men died when the elevator they were in filled with superheated steam because of a faulty safety valve. The federal lawsuit …

Three Workers Hospitalized in Delaware Refinery Explosion

Equipment failure at a Delaware refinery caused an explosion that has sent three workers to the hospital. News outlets report the Office of the State Fire Marshal said in a release the Delaware City Refinery was the site of a …

Connecticut Approves 17% Workers’ Comp Rate Cut for 2019

The Connecticut Insurance Department has approved a nearly 17 percent decrease in rates for workers’ compensation insurance, marking the fifth consecutive year that rates have dropped in Connecticut. “This steady drop – nearly 50 percent over the last five years …

Better Underwriting, Lower Taxes Behind The Hartford’s Strong Q3 Results

The Hartford reported third quarter 2018 net profit of $427 million compared with $145 million in third quarter 2017. The $282 million increase was due to higher commercial lines, personal lines, group benefits and mutual funds income, including the benefit …