June 21, 2018

CA CHSWC Announces Safe Jobs for Youth Month, May 2018

Oakland, CA – The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) recently announced Safe Jobs for Youth Month. Every May, statewide organizations and government agencies participate in and support a public awareness information campaign consisting of fun and engaging learning activities about safety for working teenagers. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, young workers (ages 16 to 19) in California experienced over 2,700 work related injuries in…[Continue Reading]

CompPharma President Joe Paduda to Testify before U.S. House Subcommittee on Opioids

Washington, DC – Joe Paduda, president of CompPharma, LLC, will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing about opioids. “The Opioid Epidemic: Implications for the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act” hearing starts at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8. “Unfortunately, when it comes to dealing with the opioid crisis, FECA is five or six years behind the rest of the workers’ compensation industry,” Paduda said. He will highlight…[Continue Reading]

Washington’s Fallen Workers to be Honored at L&I Memorial Ceremony

Tumwater, WA – More than 60 fallen Washington workers will be remembered by their families and friends and honored by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) at memorial ceremony in Tumwater today. Though the number of annual work-related fatalities has declined in recent years, there are still far too many each year. Nearly all are preventable. The Worker Memorial Day ceremony will recognize the 65 work-related deaths in our state last year. Governor Jay Inslee is scheduled to speak…[Continue Reading]

DEA Aims for Record Removal of Unused Pills through National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Washington, DC – After collecting more than 9 million pounds (4,500 tons) of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications at 14 previous events over the past 7 years, the Drug Enforcement Administration and its national, tribal, and community partners will hold the 15th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day across the country on Saturday, April 28th. The service is free and anonymous. This weekend more than 5,600 collection sites manned by almost 4,500 partner law enforcement agencies…[Continue Reading]

For Ohio Man, There’s Just Something About Workers’ Comp Fraud

Columbus, OH – Kenneth L. Gilmore doesn’t give up easily, even if the price means prison, probation and steep financial penalties. After three previous convictions for crimes against the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, the 54-year-old Cleveland man found himself in court again on April 2, where he pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud and other felonies in connection with deceiving hospitals to obtain prescription painkillers. “Mr. Gilmore filed a legitimate injury claim with…[Continue Reading]

Former CA Caregiver Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp and Welfare Fraud

Monterey, CA – Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo recently announced that Elizabeth Hernandez, a Salinas resident and former caregiver with ResCare HomeCare, pled guilty on April 4, 2018 to insurance fraud and welfare fraud, both felonies. She will be sentenced on June 27, 2018. In July 2016, the District Attorney received an investigative lead from the workers’ compensation insurer for Ms. Hernandez’s employer – ResCare HomeCare. According to the referral, Ms. Hernandez sustained…[Continue Reading]

MEMIC Scholarship for Families of Injured Workers Now Accepting Applications

Portland, ME – MEMIC recently announced that it is accepting applications for its Harvey Picker Horizon Scholarship Program for children and spouses of workers who have been seriously injured on the job. MEMIC has awarded $155,000 in scholarships since 2001. As one of the fastest growing workers’ compensation insurers on the Eastern Seaboard, MEMIC recognizes that although workers’ compensation insurance covers medical treatment and replaces a percentage of lost wages, it cannot eliminate…[Continue Reading]

Delta Air Lines Receives Safety, Health Award from MN OSHA

St. Paul, MN – Workplace safety and health representatives from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) recently recognize Delta Air Lines’ Iron Range Customer Engagement Center as a Minnesota Star (MNSTAR) Program worksite. “Delta has shown great leadership to allocate both the time and the resources needed to reach this MNSTAR goal,” said Ken Peterson, DLI commissioner. “Its employees and management are to be commended for their joint efforts to make the commitment that safety is…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Awards $370,000 in Grants to Protect Ohio Firefighters

Columbus, OH – Thirty-seven Ohio fire departments will share $369,678 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) under a program to protect firefighters from carcinogens and other harmful elements encountered during a fire fight. The fire departments (listed below) are receiving the funding under BWC’s Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program, which helps departments purchase safety gear, exhaust systems and specialized washing machines. Because…[Continue Reading]

Ohio Employers Receive $1.5 Million in Workplace Safety Grants

Columbus, OH – Seventy-three Ohio employers will share $1,521,059 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses. “Workers are employers’ most important asset, and preventing accidents can keep them healthy and productive,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. “Employers investing in safety should consider applying for a safety grant and making use of the many…[Continue Reading]

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