September 20, 2017

Lifesaving Heroes Honored at WA Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference

Tumwater, WA – Saving a drowning child from Lake Washington was all in a day’s work for three construction workers. Other people rescued critically injured victims from car wrecks, provided first aid, administered CPR or performed the Heimlich maneuver while on the job. They’re among the 27 workplace heroes and heroines who will be honored during the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Tacoma for their life-saving efforts. They’re currently featured guests at the conference at…[Continue Reading]

DE Company Completes 30 Years with Workplace Safety Program

Dover, DE – Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro recently congratulated Mohawk Electrical Systems, Inc. for being the first business in Delaware to complete 30 consecutive years in the Workplace Safety Program. On September 19th at 1pm, the commissioner will personally present Mohawk Electrical Systems President Scott Welch with a certificate commemorating their participation. Commissioner Navarro said “We are excited to visit Scott Welch, President of Mohawk and his team. I applaud his…[Continue Reading]

Erin N. Fox Returns to NE Workers’ Comp Court as General Counsel

Lincoln, NE – The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court recently welcomed back Erin N. Fox, who has rejoined the Court as General Counsel effective September 13. Fox previously worked for the court as a staff attorney from 2006-2011, as a law clerk from 2004-2006, and as a judicial assistant from 2002-2003. Since leaving the court in 2011, Fox has been working as an attorney in the private practice and as a realtor. Fox earned her Juris Doctor degree, with distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law…[Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC Austin Office Moves to New Location October 23

Austin, TX – The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation Austin office opens at its new location October 23. All proceedings, including benefit review conferences, contested case hearings, and appointments with the Office of Injured Employee Counsel will be at the new location starting October 23. The old location, 4616 W. Howard Lane, will continue to serve system participants through October 20. If you are an injured employee or workers’ compensation system participant…[Continue Reading]

SAIF Honors Safe TV Workplaces with First Annual “Safetys”

Salem, OR – With award season heating up, many are focusing on the tremendous achievements in television this year. But, while the acting, writing, and directing all set the gold standard, there’s one thing SAIF employees can’t help but notice. “At SAIF we love safety and risk management–in fact, we see hazards everywhere we go,” said Ben McCormack, senior safety management consultant at SAIF. “Even when we’re watching our favorite TV shows, we can’t help but notice a few areas…[Continue Reading]

National Safety Council Appoints Jennifer Steffus as Chief Development Officer

Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council is recently announced the appointment of Jennifer Steffus as Chief Development Officer. Ms. Steffus will oversee the Council’s philanthropic efforts, which fuel its mission to eliminate preventable deaths at work, on the road, and in homes and communities. “Saving lives requires bold thinking, creative resourcing and unmatched expertise,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “Jennifer brings all of this to NSC. We are…[Continue Reading]

A.M. Best Comments on Credit Ratings of the Members of CopperPoint Mutual Group

Oldwick, NJ -(BusinessWire)- A.M. Best has commented that the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a-” of the members of CopperPoint Mutual Group remain unchanged following the Sept. 13, 2017, announcement that its lead company, CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company (CopperPoint), has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pacific Compensation Corporation (PCC) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Pacific…[Continue Reading]

Willis Towers Watson: Commercial Insurance Prices Remain Nearly Flat in Q2 2017

Artlington, VA – Commercial insurance prices in the U.S. were again nearly flat during the second quarter of 2017, according to leading global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson’s (NASDAQ: WLTW) Commercial Lines Insurance Pricing Survey (CLIPS). The survey compared prices charged on policies written during the second quarter of 2017 with those charged for the same coverage during the equivalent quarter in 2016. Price changes reported by carriers averaged…[Continue Reading]

NM Superintendent of Insurance Announces Workers’ Comp Costs Dropping for 3rd Year in a Row

Santa Fe, NM – The Office of Superintendent of Insurance recently announced that for the third year in a row, New Mexico employers could see a key portion of their workers’ compensation costs drop by an average of 16% in 2018, after 2016 and 2017 reflected decreases of 6% and 9% respectively. The decrease in pure premium (the portion of the premium employers pay insurers to cover claims costs for job-related injuries and deaths) is based on a recommendation from the Florida-based National Council…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Fraud Investigators Secure 8 Convictions in August

Columbus, OH – Business owners, claimants and a healthcare provider who attempted to cheat the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) are among eight convictions secured by the agency in August. The cases bring the year’s total convictions for BWC’s special investigations department (SID) to 100. “Employer premiums are set aside to care for Ohio’s injured workers,” said SID Director Jim Wernecke. “We’re holding employers, medical providers and injured workers who cheat the system…[Continue Reading]

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