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States consider workers compensation reform

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Illinois and Wisconsin are expected to lead the way in state legislation proposed in 2015 to reduce workers compensation system costs, though sweeping comp reforms are not expected in most states this year.

Energy workers’ strike over staffing and pay puts spotlight on safety issues

By: Bill Kenealy

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

A strike by nearly 7,000 workers at 15 petroleum refineries coupled with a recent explosion at a Torrance, California, plant that injured four workers highlight safety issues inherent to the industry.

Tennessee considering workers comp opt-out

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Backers hope Tennessee becomes the third state to allow employers to opt out of the state's workers compensation system, but experts expect most employers would stay in the system to realize savings from recent reforms.

Tennessee Employee Injury Benefit Alternative raises safety concerns

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

The Tennessee Employee Injury Benefit Alternative triggers questions about how it would affect workplace safety.

Food processing worker safety improving, but injury rates still high

By: Bill Kenealy

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

The worker safety record in the food processing business has long lagged other sectors, but advances in ergonomics and automation are helping close the gap.

Food production tough to automate

By: Bill Kenealy

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Unlike many other manufacturing processes, food processing does not always lend itself well to automation.

Innovative technology platform streamlines return to work process

Published February 28, 2015 - 6:00am CST

In our latest In Focus video, we spotlight the automated return to work platform that earned Riskonnect Inc. a Business Insurance 2015 Innovation Award.

Contractor not liable for death of painter who fell off flat roof

By: Bill Kenealy

Published February 27, 2015 - 2:13pm CST

An Ohio appellate court judge has found that a painting contractor is not liable for the 2011 death of a worker even though the company was cited for safety violations in relation to the worker’s fatal fall.

Missouri House bill seeks prescription drug monitoring

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published February 27, 2015 - 1:26pm CST

The Missouri House of Representatives has passed a bill to enact a statewide prescription drug monitoring program.

Opioid painkillers emerging as safety threat for elderly

By: Bill Kenealy

Published February 27, 2015 - 9:39am CST

The use of opioid painkillers is a burgeoning safety issue confronting elderly adults, a National Safety Council study finds.

Most wanted transportation safety improvements

Published February 26, 2015 - 2:42pm CST

The National Transportation Safety Board released in January its list of "most wanted" safety improvements in 2015. Find out what ranked on its wish list in this photo gallery.

Catamaran acquiring rival pharmacy benefit manager

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 26, 2015 - 1:09pm CST

Pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp. on Thursday said it has agreed to acquire competitor Healthcare Solutions Inc. for $405 million in cash.

Injured worker not entitled to mileage reimbursement for treatment

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published February 26, 2015 - 1:02pm CST

An Arizona worker who failed to prove he had “no choice but to travel” to receive medical treatment is not entitled to a mileage reimbursement, an Arizona appellate court ruled Tuesday.

Broadspire a bright spot in Crawford & Co. financial results

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 26, 2015 - 9:01am CST

Crawford & Co. President and CEO Jeffrey T. Bowman expects Broadspire Services Inc. to grow its revenue and profitability this year as the third-party administrator works to gain ground among competitors.

Murdered prison guard’s family backs exclusive remedy reforms

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published February 25, 2015 - 2:25pm CST

The family of a Nebraska detention center guard who was killed by an inmate is speaking out in support of a bill that would waive exclusive remedy in the case of “willful negligence” by an employer.

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