June 21, 2018

WorkCompRecap: Addressing Opioids!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the North Carolina Industrial Commission’s announcement of the proposal of rules for the workers’ compensation system geared toward addressing the opioid crisis. In February, the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Opioid Task Force was formed to study and recommend solutions for…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 12/29/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. This Holiday, Remember Who Work Comp Affects DaisyBill Blog Make 2018 a Safe Year MEMIC Blog Most read workers comp stories in 2017 Business Insurance Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources. We check all links, but are… [Continue Reading]

NC Industrial Commission Announces Proposed Rules Addressing Opioid Epidemic in Workers’ Comp

Raleigh, NC – Chairman Charlton L. Allen of the North Carolina Industrial Commission is recently announced the proposal of rules for the workers’ compensation system addressing the opioid crisis. These rules for the utilization of opioids, related prescriptions, and pain management treatment are proactive measures aimed at curtailing opioid misuse and addiction in workers’ compensation claims. “Opioid misuse and addiction are a major public health crisis in this state,” said Chairman…[Continue Reading]

CA Department of Industrial Relations Reports 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries

Oakland, CA – The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) reports that 376 Californians died on the job in 2016, down slightly from the 388 deaths in 2015. “Even one workplace fatality is too many, and our thoughts are with the families of those that died on the job last year,” said Christine Baker, DIR Director. “The fatality data released today is a reminder that we must all continue our efforts to reduce workplace safety and health hazards in order to prevent worker deaths.” A review of the past twelve years…[Continue Reading]

OSHA and National Association of Women in Construction Renew Alliance to Protect Safety and Health of Female Construction Workers

Washington, DC – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) recently renewed their alliance to continue promoting safe and healthful working conditions for female construction workers. The five-year alliance will focus on hazards of particular concern to women in the construction industry, including personal protective equipment selection, sanitation, and workplace intimidation and violence…[Continue Reading]

ATB Law Firm Helps Organize Concert to Aid Homeless in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA – Attorneys and staff of the Los Angeles office of Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez (ATB), a leading workers’ compensation defense law firm, helped organize a rock concert this month to raise funds for charities that aid the city’s homeless. Michelle Wu, managing partner of ATB’s Los Angeles office, participated in the effort to organize the concert with members of ATB’s offices in Los Angeles and Westlake Village. More than 30 prominent area musicians and…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Quake Queries!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the California WCIRB’s recent release of a report that aims to quantify the earthquake risk faced by California workers’ compensation insurers. The report was written in partnership with Risk Management Solutions, Inc. (RMS), a provider of catastrophe modeling analytics, and was the product of…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 12/28/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Workers’ comp is shrinking Managed Care Matters Speaker Vos: Passage of Wisconsin Workers’ Comp Bill Doubtful Insurance Journal CMS Statement on Opioids and WCMSAs Provides Little Clarity as to Future Review Practices Tower MSA Blog Editor’s Note: These links lead… [Continue Reading]

CA WCIRB Releases Report on California Earthquake Risk Assessment

Oakland, CA – The WCIRB recently announced the release of a comprehensive report quantifying the earthquake risk faced by California workers’ compensation insurers. The report, written in partnership with Risk Management Solutions, Inc. (RMS), a leading provider of catastrophe modeling analytics, was the product of a high resolution, big data earthquake analysis on a risk portfolio containing the policy and exposure data for $544 billion of business payroll insured by members of…[Continue Reading]

MN Fatal Work-Injuries Increased in 2016

St. Paul, MN – A total of 92 fatal work-injuries were recorded in Minnesota in 2016, an increase from the 74 fatal work-injuries in 2015 and 62 fatal work-injuries in 2014. This is the highest total number of fatal work-related injuries since 1996. The 2016 total is 32 percent above the average of 67 cases a year for 2011 through 2015. Minnesota’s 2016 fatal injury rate is 3.4 fatalities per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers; the 2015 rate was 2.7 fatalities per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers…[Continue Reading]

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