March 18, 2018

Ohio BWC Expands Grant Program for Firefighter Safety

Columbus, OH – Due to heavy demand, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is more than doubling its funding for a new grant program aimed at protecting firefighters from carcinogens and other toxins that cause long-term health ailments. Visiting a fire station in Westerville ahead of Governor John Kasich’s recent State of the State address, BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison said her agency had originally allotted $2 million this year for its Firefighter…[Continue Reading]

Federated Insurance Selects Guidewire Systems for Commercial Lines Customers

Foster City, CA – Federated Insurance, a direct writer of Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance products, and Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE), a provider of software products to P&C insurers, recently announced that Federated has selected Guidewire products to help modernize and transform the way it operates across its commercial lines of business. The company selected Guidewire PolicyCenter™ and Guidewire Rating Management™ as its new underwriting, policy administration, and rating…[Continue Reading]

Out Front Ideas Webinar: The Impact of Natural Disasters on Risk Management

St. Louis, MO – Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark has announced its next complimentary webinar, noting that in 2017, there were 16 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. The impact of these events far surpasses property damage. In fact, natural disasters can have a big impact on workers’ compensation and healthcare systems, including the risks faced by first responders, the disruption to your workforce and challenges to the benefit…[Continue Reading]

Columbia Insurance Group Selects Valen Analytics for Underwriting Capabilities

Denver, CO – Valen Analytics®, an Insurity company, and provider of proprietary data, analytics and predictive modeling for P/C insurers, recently announced that Columbia Insurance Group will deploy its InsureRight® Platform to enhance underwriting capabilities. Columbia will utilize the Predict application of Valen’s platform to increase visibility and efficiency in risk selection and pricing for its workers’ compensation underwriting teams. “Valen’s platform will greatly benefit our market intentions for both…[Continue Reading]

NC DOL: Struck-By Incidents Lead Work-Related Deaths

Raleigh, NC – Struck-by incidents followed by falls caused the largest number of work-related deaths statewide in 2017 based on preliminary information released today by the state Department of Labor. Struck-by incidents accounted for 14 work-related deaths while falls accounted for 13. There were 40 total work-related fatalities that fell under the jurisdiction of NCDOL’s Occupational Safety and Health Division in 2017, 10 fewer than there were in 2016. “These are not just statistics on a page…[Continue Reading]

Applications Open for NC Labor Department’s Safety Awards

Raleigh, NC – The N.C. Department of Labor has begun accepting applications from businesses that qualify for a workplace safety award. Safety awards are presented to companies throughout the year that have demonstrated above-average worker safety and health programs. “Our safety awards program recognizes employers and employees that are committed to promoting safe work environments in their communities,” state Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry said. “It is always a great honor to recognize…[Continue Reading]

MIOSHA and WCA Offer Winter Tips for Worker Safety and Reduced Workers’ Compensation Costs

Lansing, MI – As temperatures remain cold and winter hazards increase, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and the Michigan Workers’ Compensation Agency (WCA), are reminding employers and employees to exercise caution when working outside in the cold and snow. “Every employer’s safety and health program should address protection of their employees from hazards due to extreme weather,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “Providing appropriate…[Continue Reading]

National Safety Council: Application Period Opens for Texas Employer Traffic Safety Awards

Itasca, IL – Each year, the National Safety Council and Our Driving Concern honor Texas employers that encourage positive driver behaviors among employees on and off the job through education, training and other activities centered on traffic safety. The Texas Employer Traffic Safety Awards program aims to decrease injuries and fatalities that are a result of crashes on state roads. Applications for the 2018 awards are due electronically March 15. “Award winners exemplify the highest standards of…[Continue Reading]

Ohio Employers Receive $341,000 in Workplace Safety Grants

Columbus, OH – Fourteen Ohio employers will share $341,020 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses. BWC approved the Safety Intervention Grants in December. The Safety Intervention Grant program matches an employer’s investment 3-to-1 up to a maximum of $40,000. Quarterly data reports and follow-up case studies measure the effectiveness of employers’ safety…[Continue Reading]

WA Construction Company Owner Faces Manslaughter Charges Over Worker’s Trench Death

Olympia, WA – Criminal manslaughter charges recently against the owner of a Seattle-area construction firm make a clear statement about the responsibility of companies to keep workers safe on the job, and the serious consequences if they knowingly don’t. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed second-degree manslaughter charges against Phillip Numrich, the owner of Alki Construction, in connection with the death of Harold Felton. Felton was killed when the dirt walls of the trench he was…[Continue Reading]

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