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(subscription required)Athletes play hardball over concussions

Published July 31, 2016 CST

Concerns about the long-term effects of head trauma could lead some insurers to add exclusions to sports insurance policies.

(subscription required)Opioid law provides limited relief to big problem

Published July 31, 2016 CST

A federal law aimed at cutting opioid addiction lacks funding and scope, but could still help injured workers.

(subscription required)Cultural change needed to tackle mental health care

Published July 31, 2016 CST

The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 shows employers must address workers' mental health conditions, experts say.

More OSHA safety violations for Dollar General

Published August 05, 2016 CST

Discount retailer Dollar General Corp. has once again been cited and is facing $105,600 in proposed OSHA fines.

Steel mill faces safety fines after sling bolt failure

Published August 05, 2016 CST

An Arkansas steel mill has been cited and is facing $56,000 in proposed fines from federal workplace safety regulators after an employee fatality.

New Owner for Business Insurance

Published August 09, 2016 CST

Connect with the Business Insurance team.

Excluding farm, ranch laborers from comp system found unconstitutional

Published July 05, 2016 CST

Excluding agricultural workers from New Mexico's comp system is unconstitutional, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Refinery chemical incident probe highlights safety culture gaps

Published August 05, 2016 CST

A U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board report about two sulfuric acid releases at a California refinery owned by Tesoro Corp. highlighted multiple concerns about the refinery’s safety culture.

Insurer group opposed to latest comp opt-out efforts

Published August 05, 2016 CST

Opt-out legislation isn't the way to reform Illinois' workers comp system, the American Insurance Association says.

Worthy law in search of funding

Published August 05, 2016 CST

President Barack Obama has signed bipartisan legislation to help treat opioid addiction, but funding the law is another story.

Utility contractor cited after worker's crane death

Published August 05, 2016 CST

An Arkansas utility contractor has been cited and is facing $46,200 in proposed penalties from federal health and safety regulators after a crane failure killed an employee in March.

OSHA cites roofing firm after worker falls 33 feet to death

Published August 05, 2016 CST

A South Dakota roofing company has been cited and faces $77,000 in proposed fines from federal workplace safety regulators as a result of a 24-year-old employee falling more than 30 feet to his death.

National division to focus on longshoremen and harbor workers

Published August 08, 2016 CST

Key Risk Insurance Co., a W.R. Berkley Corp. company, said that it formed a new division focused on providing workers compensation and United States Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Act insurance programs nationally.

Drug compounders get cleanliness guidance from FDA

Published August 05, 2016 CST

Federal regulators have released suggestions for drug compounding companies on how to maintain a clean work environment.

Dow Chemical unit gets safety cites after explosion

Published August 04, 2016 CST

A Massachusetts specialty chemicals manufacturer has been pegged a severe violator of health and safety rules and is facing $129,200 in proposed fines by federal health and safety regulators after four employees were injured by an explosion in January.

(subscription required)Q&A: Fred W. Smith IV, Willis Towers Watson P.L.C.

Published June 19, 2016 CST

Director of natural resources and head of U.S. mining and metals discusses the challenges of low commodity prices, increasing regulatory pressure and major environmental events.

Comp approved despite dead worker's positive drug test

Published August 04, 2016 CST

The daughter of a Texas worker who tested positive for marijuana at the time of his death is entitled to workers comp benefits.

Leading or lagging, near misses indicate workplace safety risks

Published July 20, 2016 CST

A near miss is an unplanned safety event that could have, but did not, result in an injury or illness.

NHL players can see Chubb's redacted concussion exam results

Published July 18, 2016 CST

More than 100 retired NHL players claim the league didn't do enough to protect them from concussions.

Metal coating firm cited for chemical, machine safety hazards

Published August 04, 2016 CST

An Ohio metal coating company has been cited and is facing $115,500 in proposed fines from federal health and safety regulators for exposing employees to acid, chemical and machine hazards.

Well-known comp disability guidelines removed from federal database

Published June 29, 2016 CST

The Official Disability Guidelines are the basis of how many states manage medical treatment for injured workers.

Attorney fee rulings set to alter execution, costs of comp cases

Published July 17, 2016 CST

A long-standing principle governing workers compensation cases provides access to an attorney who will help the injured worker litigate the case efficiently and capably. To give attorneys incentive to take on such cases and to ease the burden on an injured worker to find a capable attorney, attorneys receive their fees from the worker's damage award. Jim Woods and Jeyshree Ramachandran of Mayer…

Harley-Davidson's ramped-up worker safety program pays off

Published July 20, 2016 CST

The firm had a poor health and safety record for many years, but turned that around with a major safety overhaul.

Firefighter due comp benefits for PTSD following co-worker's death

Published August 03, 2016 CST

The firefighter saw his colleague fatally injured while battling a house fire in March 2010.

OSHA amplifies efforts to limit construction workers' noise exposures

Published June 15, 2016 CST

The administration has started the process for a potential — and some argue long overdue — Noise in Construction standard.