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Construction foreman, owner charged with manslaughter in worker's death

Published September 28, 2015 CST

A California carpenter's fatal fall leads to manslaughter charges against his employer and foreman.

Flat-fee health plans seen driving more workers comp cases

Published September 29, 2015 CST

Flat-fee, or capitated, health plans are on the rise, which means back sprains and other soft tissue injuries could increasingly be classified as work-related injuries.

Dollar General fined for blocked emergency doors, electrical boxes

Published September 30, 2015 CST

Blocked emergency exit doors and blocked electrical breaker boxes land Dollar General in hot water with OSHA.

Adjuster settles fraud charges over comp for ex-NFL player

Published October 02, 2015 CST

A former claims adjuster for Gallagher Bassett Services Inc. has agreed to pay $1.5 million in restitution after federal prosecutors said she helped a former New York Giants football player receive fraudulent workers compensation benefits, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.

(subscription required)Workers seeing fewer comp benefits

Published September 27, 2015 CST

An increasing number of employees who once qualified for workers compensation benefits no longer do.

Bill review costs siphon cash from California comp claims

Published September 30, 2015 CST

Workers compensation funds in Los Angeles should be going toward injured workers, not frictional costs like bill review, industry experts say.

Comp premium rate hike requested for Indiana, but Tenn. rate to decrease

Published September 28, 2015 CST

Workers compensation rates could get bumped up in Indiana and lowered tn Tennessee.

Slip and fall leads to disability pension, health insurance for police officer

Published September 25, 2015 CST

The Illinois Supreme Court rules in favor of an injured police officer seeking health insurance benefits after receiving his line-of-duty disability pension.

'Old dog' workers still need to learn new tricks

Published September 24, 2015 CST

Inadequate training for more experienced workers likely contributed to a 17.8% increase in fatalities among older workers, sources said.

Construction firms cited for safety violations after collapse

Published September 25, 2015 CST

OSHA comes down on a construction contractor and a temporary staffing agency following an excavation collapse incident.

Aluminum factory injury leads to OSHA fines

Published September 25, 2015 CST

Aluminum Shapes gets slapped with a $308,000 fine after an employee suffered a broken leg while operating a crane.

Doctors a crucial link in return-to-work success

Published October 01, 2015 CST

Physician support can make a huge difference in the outcome of return-to-work programs.

'Midnight Rider' death exemplifies ongoing entertainment industry risks

Published September 24, 2015 CST

The fatal “Midnight Rider” filming accident highlights the entertainment production industry's unique health and safety risks and the ongoing need to follow best practices to prevent injuries and deaths, safety experts say.

'Reasonable suspicion' a preferred option to random drug testing

Published October 02, 2015 CST

DANA POINT, Calif. — Supervisors should undergo reasonable suspicion training to enforce drug-free workplace policies and ensure worker safety, speakers said during the 2015 California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference in Dana Point, California.

OSHA slams laundry business with safety fines amid worker death

Published October 02, 2015 CST

A New Jersey-based commercial laundry company is facing more than $305,000 in fines proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration related to ongoing workplace safety violations that contributed to the death of a 24-year-old employee.

Washington state monopoly comp insurer proposes 2% rate hike

Published September 24, 2015 CST

Workers compensation advisory rates for Washington state businesses may go up next year.

Comp commission to hear Dillard’s employee injury claim appeal

Published October 02, 2015 CST

An appeal from an Oklahoma Dillard’s Inc. employee over denied injury work benefits should be heard by the Oklahoma Worker’s Compensation Commission, even though Dillard’s has opted out of the state’s workers compensations system, a federal court ruled this week.

Comment deadline on proposed OSHA injury reporting rule extended

Published September 23, 2015 CST

Comments on a proposed rule to clarify an employer's continuing obligation to accurately record workplace injuries and illnesses have been extended.

Optimism, concerns about California workers comp drug formulary plan

Published September 17, 2015 CST

A new workers compensation prescription drug formulary plan has California insurance experts feeling optimistic, but it may not garner quite as much enthusiasm from injured workers taking newly banned medications.

Fired disabled worker gets new trial in Nebraska

Published September 21, 2015 CST

A Nebraska man who alleges that his company fired him because of his known work-related injuries will get another chance to prove his claims.

New medical billing codes will aid workers compensation payers

Published September 10, 2015 CST

The devil is in the details, which is why things are about to get a lot easier for workers comp payers.

Closed-drug formulary bill heads to California governor

Published September 14, 2015 CST

A bill mandating a closed drug formulary for California's workers comp system is heading to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.

Mail distribution center hit with OSHA fines

Published September 21, 2015 CST

Unsafe working conditions land a U.S. Postal Service mail distribution center in hot water.

Comp favorable for deceased injured worker's family despite drug test results

Published September 23, 2015 CST

The family of a man who died after working alone during a night shift may receive comp benefits even though blood and urine tests showed he had marijuana in his system.

Work-related deaths down 16% in California

Published September 18, 2015 CST

Last year was the lowest number of work-related deaths in California since 2010, according to the California Department of Industrial Relations.