Workers Compensation News

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. …

Cal/OSHA Issues Citations Following Fatal Bee Attack on Tree Worker

Cal/OSHA has issued citations to Hadley Date Gardens Inc. of Thermal, Calif., for workplace safety and health violations following a bee swarm that stung and killed a tree worker. The incident serves as a reminder that employers must protect tree …

Chubb Enhances Work Injury Compensation Product in Singapore

Chubb announced it has enhanced to its Chubb Work Guard product, which is work injury compensation cover for Singapore businesses. The enhanced wording will apply to all risks bound from Jan. 1, 2018, unless separately agreed. At the core of …

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 …

Workplace Fatalities Continue to Increase, with Transportation Incidents #1 Cause

There were 5,190 workplace fatalities reported in the U.S. in 2016, a seven percent increase over the previous year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries, the fatal injury rate increased from 3.4 per …

Florida Construction Co. Owner Accused of $700K Workers’ Comp Scam

A Florida construction company owner has been arrested after allegedly providing fictitious information when applying for workers’ compensation insurance coverage to obtain a lower premium, according to a statement from Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. Maria Cristina Romero Zelaya, owner …

Tower Group Companies Top List of U.S. P/C Impairments in 2016: A.M. Best

Of the 14 property/casualty impairments identified for 2016, 11 were members of the Tower Group, with the remaining three composed of two medical professional liability risk retention groups and a commercial lines reinsurer, according to a new A.M. Best special …

California Department of Workers’ Comp OKs Carve-out Agreement with L.A.

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has approved a labor-management carve-out agreement between the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Protective League. The agreement covers an estimated 10,000 union members. Carve-out programs enable employers and unionized workforces …

Average Cost of Workers’ Comp in Washington Dropping in 2018

The price of workers’ compensation insurance will go down for many businesses in Washington next year. The state Department of Labor & Industries announced that the average amount employers and workers pay for the coverage will drop by 2.5 percent …

Former Washington Insurance Agent Jailed in $233K Workers’ Comp Scam

A Lake Stevens, Wash. man who ran an insurance agency while claiming he was too disabled to work must serve jail time. The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries says 53-year-old James Kooy was sentenced Monday to 60 days …