workers’ compensation News

OSHA Investigating Maine Case of Man Found Carrying Own Severed Arm

A man who stumbled along a street while carrying his own severed arm was saved by two public workers who saw him and happened to be trained in the use of tourniquets, authorities in Maine said. “It had to be …

Amazon Discloses Employee Injury Rates Compared to Peers

Amazon.com Inc .on Monday reported injury figures for 2020 showing worse-than-average safety rates in its U.S. warehouses but a better record than peers in delivery. The online retailer also said staff injuries and illnesses globally that resulted in time away …

Connecticut Approves 14.1% Workers’ Compensation Pure Premium Reduction

The Connecticut Insurance Department has approved a filing with decreases of 14.1% to workers’ compensation pure premium lost costs, and an 8.2% reduction in assigned risk rates. The decreases, effective January 1, 2022, pave the way for insurance companies to …

Washington Roofers Face $750K in Fines for Putting Workers at Risk

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries issued a combined $768,000 in fines against three Washington roofing companies for reportedly allowing workers to roof on top of homes without using fall protection and for other safety violations. Always Roofing of …

Employers Fear Long-Term Liability From ‘Take-Home’ COVID-19 Lawsuits

As COVID-19 cases surge in the United States, businesses say they fear a California court ruling has increased the likelihood that companies will be sued for infections, even by people who are not employees or customers. The Dec. 21 ruling …

One80 Acquires Workers’ Compensation Wholesaler PMC in Massachusetts

Specialty insurance broker One80 Intermediaries reported it has acquired PMC Insurance Group, a workers’ compensation wholesale broker and program manager based in Bedford, Mass. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. PMC offers exclusive and semi-exclusive specialty insurance programs in …

New Insurance Laws for 2022 Sponsored by California Commissioner

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the California Department of Insurance released a list of laws taking effect this year that were sponsored by Lara. New California laws related to insurance include the creation of new health coverage options for …

Top 10 East Insurance Journal Stories of 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, Insurance Journal is looking back on its top stories of the year. In the East region, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic remained top of mind for many readers. Beyond the pandemic, readers also took interest …

Minimum Wage, OT And Workers’ Comp Premium Changes in Washington Starting in 2022

Changes in Washington’s minimum wage, overtime for white-collar professionals, overtime for agricultural workers, and workers’ compensation premiums are set to take effect Jan. 1, 2022. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries on Tuesday issued reminders to businesses and …

Workplace Fatalities Fell 10.7% During Pandemic in 2020 But Severe Illness Cases Rose

During the pandemic, worker deaths decreased by 10.7% in 2020 compared to 2019, with 4,764 fatal workplace injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its annual report on workplace fatalities for 2020. This represents the lowest annual number …