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National division to focus on longshoremen and harbor workers

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published August 08, 2016 - 1:55pm 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.

Commercial insurance rates drop again in July

By: Rob Lenihan

Published August 05, 2016 - 2:02pm CST

Commercial property/casualty insurance rates dropped 1% in July, matching declines in June, electronic insurance exchange MarketScout said Friday.

OSHA cites roofing firm after worker falls 33 feet to death

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 05, 2016 - 2:00pm 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.

Drug compounders get cleanliness guidance from FDA

By: Donna Mahoney

Published August 05, 2016 - 1:02pm CST

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

Refinery chemical incident probe highlights safety culture gaps

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 05, 2016 - 12:56pm 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.

Steel mill faces safety fines after sling bolt failure

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 05, 2016 - 10:56am 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.

Insurer group opposed to latest comp opt-out efforts

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 05, 2016 - 10:44am CST

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

Utility contractor cited after worker's crane death

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 05, 2016 - 10:29am 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.

More OSHA safety violations for Dollar General

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 05, 2016 - 10:17am CST

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

Worthy law in search of funding

Published August 05, 2016 - 10:08am CST

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

Grain elevator operator gets safety cite after worker hospitalized

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 05, 2016 - 9:47am CST

A North Dakota grain facility has been cited and is facing proposed penalties of $104,300 after a 36-year-old employee was hospitalized after being injured on the job.

Dow Chemical unit gets safety cites after explosion

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 04, 2016 - 4:09pm 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.

Comp approved despite dead worker's positive drug test

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 04, 2016 - 2:17pm CST

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

State high court rulings to squeeze workers comp system

By: Donna Mahoney

Published August 04, 2016 - 2:06pm CST

NCCI says an increase in unfunded liabilities for Florida's comp system is expected to exceed $1 billion following recent state Supreme Court rulings.

Machine shop cited after welder's electrocution

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 04, 2016 - 12:02pm CST

A Missouri machine shop was cited and is facing $59,000 in proposed fines from federal health and safety regulators after the electrocution death of a 43-year-old welder.

Metal coating firm cited for chemical, machine safety hazards

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 04, 2016 - 11:18am 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.

Hazmat firm cited by OSHA after workers sickened by mercury

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 04, 2016 - 10:28am CST

A New York hazardous materials remediation contractor has been cited and is facing $142,200 in proposed penalties from federal workplace safety regulators for exposing its workers to mercury.

Think tank eyes comp opt-out options for Illinois

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 03, 2016 - 5:16pm CST

An alternative workers comp system could help employers control costs and better serve injured workers, the Illinois Policy Institute says.

Safety engineer leader discusses risk, challenges

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 03, 2016 - 3:33pm CST

New ASSE President Thomas Cecich gives his thoughts on how safety professionals can demonstrate their value.

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

By: Donna Mahoney

Published August 03, 2016 - 11:10am CST

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

Feed mill explosion kills worker, leads to safety citation

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 02, 2016 - 12:59pm CST

A chicken feed mill and two contractors based in Georgia are facing a combined $112,600 in proposed fines.

Wife who found husband crushed to death can't pursue distress claim

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 02, 2016 - 12:41pm CST

The Connecticut woman's claim was denied because of workers comp exclusive remedy provisions.

Fatal fall leads to repeat OSHA citation for conveyor company

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 02, 2016 - 9:41am CST

A Kentucky employer is facing $320,400 in proposed fines after a worker fell 22 feet to his death.

Employer cited for tortilla-making safety hazards

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 02, 2016 - 9:38am CST

OSHA regulators say the Texas company exposed workers to extreme heat and failed to protect them from dangerous machinery.

State expects $36 million reduction in comp premiums

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 01, 2016 - 3:11pm CST

West Virginia employers will see a 14.7% cut in workers comp advisory rates on Nov. 1.

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