Workers Compensation News

California Man Nabbed for Collecting Workers’ Comp from Multiple Insurers While Working

Michael Williams, 34, of Daly City, Calif., has been arrested on 21 felony counts of insurance fraud and grand theft after allegedly working for multiple employers while collecting over $85,000 in workers’ compensation benefits from two different insurers. In November …

Workers’ Compensation Insurer Stonetrust Enters Missouri, Tennessee

Workers’ compensation insurer Stonetrust Commercial Insurance Co. has begun writing business in Missouri and Tennessee. Stonetrust, which is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is also writing in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Nebraska — in addition to Missouri and …

California Car Wash Mogul Nailed for Cheating Hundreds of Workers Out Of Wages

The owner of some 100 local car washes and gas stations in Southern California has been charged with failing to pay minimum wage and overtime to some 700 workers. The Orange County Register reported prosecutors say Vahid David Delrahim and …

Nevada OK’s Filings for Moderate Workers’ Comp Loss-Cost and Assigned-Risk Rate Changes

Nevada Insurance Commissioner Barbara D. Richardson approved a slight decrease in workers’ compensation voluntary insurance loss costs and average increase for assigned-risk rates. Richardson approved two filings from the National Council on Compensation Insurance this week. Compared to previous years, …

Coal Company Cited for Safety Issues in Wyoming Miner’s Death

Rocky Mountain Power has been cited with a safety violation for the death of a miner in September. Jaimie Olivas was killed in the Bridger Underground Coal Mine when part of a wall of coal collapsed on him. The Casper …

University of Arizona Gets $1.6M Mine Safety Grant

The University of Arizona’s public health college and its mineral resources institute will use a $1.6 million grant to help improve mine safety training. The federal grant announced this week will be used to develop new training methods for mine …

Cal/OSHA Cites Tree Trimming Company in Brush Chipper Fatality

Cal/OSHA has cited Gorilla Tree Service for serious and accident-related workplace safety violations following an investigation of a brush chipper accident that killed a 24-year-old worker in Napa. On Aug. 15, 2017, the employee was reportedly working on the ground …

Business Coalition Challenges Fee on Montana Workers’ Comp Assets

A business coalition is asking a judge to stop state officials from imposing a fee on assets of Montana’s workers’ compensation fund to plug a budget gap. The suit filed Monday in state District Court in Lake County says employers …

How the U.S. Can Improve Workplace Injury and Illness Data

Federal agency officials involved in reducing work-related injuries and illnesses believe there is still a lot to learn about the relationship between work and injuries. According to the experts, the government needs smarter workplace surveillance and data collection practices. The …

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. …