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Ergonomics professionals seek shift to risk-based data

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published June 24, 2016 - 2:58pm CST

The success of ergonomics programs is measured by lagging indicators such as incident rates, but ergonomics professionals would like to see an evolution toward the use of leading indicators, according to a study by Aon Risk Solutions.

The BI Top 10

Published June 24, 2016 - 10:45am CST

Concerns about Berkshire Hathaway comp policies and Disney's struggles after an alligator attack are among the top 10 most read features.

State takes on opioid addiction with 7-day limit on prescriptions

By: Donna Mahoney

Published June 23, 2016 - 2:51pm CST

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a bill into law that takes aim at the state's opioid problem.

Foundry faces safety citations for amputation and other hazards

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published June 23, 2016 - 11:33am CST

An Ohio foundry has been cited by and is facing $143,150 in proposed penalties from federal workplace safety regulators for exposing workers to amputation, hearing loss and respiratory damage hazards.

Effectiveness of long-term opioid use in question

By: Donna Mahoney

Published June 22, 2016 - 4:23pm CST

That, combined with risks of addiction and overdose, drive a decline in the prescription of the narcotics in some states.

Workers comp opt-out law under fire in Dillard's case

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 22, 2016 - 3:53pm CST

Industry groups file briefs in support of injured worker and her right to equal protection and access to the courts.

Grocery chain cited after conveyor belt injury

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published June 22, 2016 - 11:44am CST

A New York supermarket chain is facing $140,000 in proposed fines from federal safety and health regulators after an employee cleaning a machine sustained broken bones in her hand and arm.

Contractor cited after worker plummets from scaffolding

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published June 22, 2016 - 10:29am CST

A New Jersey company is facing $57,000 in fines after an employee dies.

Finger amputations lead to safety citations for frozen food maker

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published June 22, 2016 - 10:23am CST

OSHA seeks $140,000 in fines against Ajinomoto Windsor, which it has cited before.

Food additive maker cited after workers escape fireball

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published June 22, 2016 - 10:03am CST

Four hurt in explosion at Arboris plant in New Jersey.

States make inroads on curbing long-term opioid use

By: Donna Mahoney

Published June 21, 2016 - 2:06pm CST

Workers Compensation Research Institute study looks at the use of the narcotics for up to 12 months after a workplace injury.

Traffic controller due comp benefits for mental injuries

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 21, 2016 - 11:40am CST

A municipal worker who routinely responded to serious motor vehicle accident scenes is entitled to workers compensation benefits for mental injuries, a Missouri appellate court has ruled.

Workers comp insurer names vice president and CIO

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published June 21, 2016 - 10:11am CST

The Memic Group names Portland, Maine-based John R. Yao senior vice president and chief information officer.

Berkshire unit's comp snafu puts insurers under the microscope

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 21, 2016 - 9:30am CST

The California Department of Insurance said it is looking into whether workers compensation insurers are selling unfiled policies and rates.

Workers feel employers value productivity over safety

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 20, 2016 - 1:11pm CST

Despite most workers reporting that safety is a priority at work, about one-third believe their employers value productivity over safety, according to a new survey by the National Safety Council.

Florida braces for big comp rate hikes

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 19, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Recent rulings in high-profile cases undercut cost controls.

OSHA sets out to protect health workers from violence

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published June 19, 2016 - 12:01am CST

“It will be most effective for us to just focus first on health care and social services rather than doing it much more widely, so that's where we're going to start,” says David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health.

Property/casualty insurer acquires workers comp firm

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 17, 2016 - 4:18pm CST

AmTrust Financial Services Inc. has acquired workers compensation solutions firm Total Program Management L.L.C., the New York-based property/casualty insurer said Thursday.

Construction firms cited after plumber's death in trench collapse

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published June 17, 2016 - 10:43am CST

Two Nebraska construction companies have been cited and are facing a combined $52,000 in proposed penalties from federal workplace safety regulators after a 61-year-old plumber died in a trench collapse.

Contractor cited after worker killed in scaffold fall

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published June 17, 2016 - 10:41am CST

A Wisconsin installer of warehouse distribution systems has been cited and is facing $121,800 in proposed penalties from federal workplace safety regulators after a 27-year-old employee fell to his death.

Cosmetics maker cited over worker's amputated fingertip

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published June 17, 2016 - 10:39am CST

PhytogenX faces $285,300 in fines for exposing employees to hazards including falls and failing to properly guard a filling machine.

State takes step toward opioid prescription monitoring

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 16, 2016 - 1:22pm CST

Health care providers in California could soon be required to check the state’s prescription drug monitoring database before dispensing controlled substances.

Lab student's Zika infection highlights hazards

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published June 16, 2016 - 12:29pm CST

OSHA says it has no jurisdiction over a workplace incident in which a worker contracted the virus.

OSHA weighs more involvement from comp insurers in safety efforts

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published June 16, 2016 - 12:00pm CST

New electronic reporting rules and the public data they create will raise the stakes for loss control.

Employers warned not to use drug tests to deter injury reporting

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published June 16, 2016 - 10:46am CST

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration could cite employers who use post-incident drug testing policies to retaliate against employees reporting injuries and illnesses under the agency’s electronic record-keeping rule, according to an agency official.

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