workers’ compensation News

California Workers’ Comp Division to Adopt a Drug Formulary, Host Webinars

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation will adopt an evidence-based drug formulary for medical providers treating injured workers beginning Jan. 1, 2018, following approval by the Office of Administrative Law. The DWC will host two informational webinars for interested parties …

Texas Company Earns Safety Award from Workers’ Comp Division

The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation has recognized Lauren Concrete for exemplary workplace safety programs and low rates of work-related injuries and illnesses at its Brenham, La Grange, and Waller locations. Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Ryan Brannan presented the company with …

Texas Mutual Builds New Workers’ Comp Health Care Network — WorkWell, TX

Workers compensation insurer, Texas Mutual Insurance Co., plans to launch of its own health care network for policyholders, called WorkWell, TX. Within this new network, all aspects of claims and care will be managed by Texas Mutual. The company said …

Iowa Exhausts Appeals in Lawsuit over Worker Injury; Costs Could Top $1M

Iowa has exhausted its challenges to a lawsuit filed by a former state employee who said an agency fired him because of a work injury, and the costs to the state could top $1 million. The Iowa Supreme Court on …

Texas Company Agrees to Pay $545.1K Penalty Following Worker Fatality

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Marshall Pottery Inc. in Marshall, Texas, have reached a settlement agreement including a penalty of $545,160, after the death of an assistant plant manager. The federal agency reported …

New York Logging Company Owner Sentenced to Prison for $83K Theft

The former owner of an upstate New York logging company who stole more than $80,000 in workers’ compensation benefits has been sentenced to up to three years in prison. Fifty-six-year-old David Sigl, of Auburn, N.Y., was sentenced Tuesday in Cayuga …

Safety National Awards 3 Safety First Grants

St. Louis, Missouri-based insurer, Safety National, has awarded its annual Safety First Grant to three policyholders for their creative risk control solutions. The first-place grant, in the amount of $10,000, was awarded to Alliance of Schools for Cooperative Insurance Programs …

Plant Death Leads to $224K in Fines for Indiana Company

State regulators have fined a southern Indiana auto parts plant $224,000 for alleged safety violations discovered following a worker’s death. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the order Nov. 15 against Autoneum North America Inc. The Swiss-based company …

Day Laborers Being Exploited in Texas after Harvey, Advocates Say

Guillermo Miranda Vazquez starts his day in a parking lot near the Home Depot where he easily finds work alongside other day laborers who are cleaning up Houston after Hurricane Harvey. Some days, he clears rotted drywall and hauls out …

Unlicensed Massachusetts Contractor Pleads Guilty to Dozens of Charges

An unlicensed home improvement contractor who left an elderly woman’s home in ruins has pleaded guilty. The Salem News reports that 49-year-old Jaime Ford’s guilty pleas Monday to 42 charges including larceny, forgery, insurance fraud, and being a common and …