workers’ compensation News

OSHA Cites Connecticut Contractor for Worker’s Death in Trench Collapse

A federal investigation has found a Connecticut contractor’s failure to provide legally required safeguards and make sure they were in place to prevent trench collapses contributed to the death of an employee buried when an 8-foot-deep trench caved in. Investigators …

New York Prosecutors Allege Workers’ Comp Premium Fraud in Two Schemes Worth $10M

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Jr. within the past week announced two separate indictments alleging workers’ compensation fraud, one totaling $7 million in premiums and the other, $3 million. In one case, Juan Escobar, and his drywall and carpentry companies, …

Worker Falls to His Death on Ship at Port of Los Angeles

A worker fell to his death on a ship at the Port of Los Angeles, authorities said. He fell about 50 feet from an upper deck to a lower one shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Fire …

Vermont Workers’ Compensation Rates to Fall Again

Vermont businesses will see another rate decrease in workers’ compensation insurance in 2023. This will mark the seventh consecutive year of rate reductions. The loss cost decrease of an average 6.7%, which takes effect April 1, will save Vermont employers …

Massachusetts to Weigh Proposed 4% Cut in Workers’ Compensation Rates

The Massachusetts insurance department will hear testimony virtually on February 3 regarding a proposed 4.0% decrease in average workers’ compensation rates. The rate filing submitted by the Workers’ Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau of Massachusetts in December calls for a …

OSHA Fines Utility Eversource $333K for Fatal Beacon Hill Arc Flash, Blast in Boston

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Eversource Energy Service Co. for five violations of workplace safety standards after its investigation of a fatal arc flash and arc blast in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood on July 12, 2022, …

New York Corporations Face Fines for Criminal Liability for Construction Deaths, Injuries

Corporations in New York’s construction industry will face increased fines of up to $500,000 if they are found criminally liable for worker deaths or serious injuries. Gov. Kathy Hochul signed into law what has been named Carlos’ Law. The legislation …

3 Dead, 2 Hurt in Scaffold Collapse at North Carolina Construction Site

Three construction workers were killed and two others were hurt on Monday when scaffolding collapsed in an industrial accident at a job site in Charlotte, North Carolina, authorities said. The scaffolding collapsed just after 9 a.m. at a construction site …

OSHA Penalties Upheld Against Vermont Cable Firm Over Death at New York Site

An administrative law judge has affirmed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations and $24,290 in penalties issued to Eustis Cable Enterprises Ltd., a Brookfield, Vermont, telecommunications contractor, following the death of an employee at an Andover, New York, worksite. …

Buffalo Bus Driver Gets 5 Years Probation for Workers’ Compensation Claims Fraud

A former bus driver for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) has been sentenced to five years of probation for fraudulently obtaining workers’ compensation benefits by misrepresenting her injuries. She must also pay full restitution to the NFTA for money …