March 21, 2018

Ohio BWC Awards $406,000 in Grants to Protect Ohio Firefighters

Columbus, OH – Thirty-eight Ohio fire departments will share $406,270 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) under a new program to reduce firefighters’ exposure to toxic environmental elements. The fire departments (listed below) are the first in the state to receive funding under BWC’s new Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program, which provides $2 million a year to help departments purchase safety gear and equipment designed to protect…[Continue Reading]

OSHA Awards $10.5 Million in Training Grants to 80 Nonprofits for Workplace Safety & Health

Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded $10.5 million in one-year federal safety and health training grants to 80 nonprofit organizations nationwide. The funding through the Susan Harwood Training Grants Program will provide education and training to help businesses and workers address workplace hazards and adopt best practices for avoiding workplace injuries. The grants require recipients to focus on safety…[Continue Reading]

NSC: Young Safety Professionals Recognized for Extraordinary Contributions to Workplace Safety

Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council is proud to announce its eighth class of NSC Rising Stars of Safety, a group of future leaders dedicated to making workplaces safer. The 43 honorees have promoted a cycle of continuous improvement within their organizations and created initiatives focused on measureable outcomes. “Our Rising Stars are leading the way on safety by taking action every day,” said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “Protecting their coworkers means everyone can…[Continue Reading]

KY Resident Gets Eight Years in Federal Prison for Tax Evasion and Pocketing Comp Premiums

Knoxville, TN – On September 20, 2017, Andrea Rudd, 38, of Powell, Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, Chief U.S. District Judge, to consecutively serve 60 months for tax evasion and 36 months for mail and wire fraud, for a total of 96 months in federal prison. Upon her release from prison, she will be supervised by U.S. Probation for three years. Rudd was also ordered to pay $15,766,417.32 in restitution to the victims of her offenses, $10,377,785.04 of which will go…[Continue Reading]

Out Front Ideas: Understanding the ADAAA Interactive Process

St. Louis, MO – Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark has announced its next complimentary webinar on the “interactive process” method, which is the foundation of ADAAA compliance, encouraging the employer and employee work together to determine whether a reasonable accommodation can be made to allow an employee to return to work with restrictions. Because the interactive process relies primarily on open dialogue and teamwork between employer and employee, there is significant…[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]

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]

SAIF: Safety Pays Again and Again with Two Dividends for Customers

Salem, OR – Over the past 27 years, Oregon workplaces have driven down workers’ compensation claims frequency by more than 70 percent through their powerful focus on workplace safety–which, in turn, has reduced workers’ compensation rates by 71 percent. After all, the least expensive injury is the one that never happens. To recognize how Oregon workplaces are leading the way on safety the SAIF board of directors recently declared two dividends for customers: a $120 million…[Continue Reading]

OR DCBS: Workers’ Compensation Costs to Drop for Fifth-Straight Year

Salem, OR -The Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) recently announced that Oregon employers will see a key portion of their workers’ compensation costs drop by an average of 14 percent in 2018. This marks the fifth year in a row that businesses will experience an average decrease in the “pure premium.” Altogether, the rate has declined by an average of 33 percent since 2013. Next year’s average decrease in pure premium – the portion of the premium employers pay…[Continue Reading]

EMPLOYERS Survey Finds Workplace Safety Can Give Small Biz Owners a Recruiting Edge

Reno, NV – With the U.S. unemployment rate hovering at 4.4 percent, small businesses looking to grow may have a harder time finding talent to fill open positions. Many factors motivate job seekers, but a new survey of small business employees by EMPLOYERS® (NYSE:EIG), found that small business owners may be underselling an important factor that could give them an edge when recruiting new talent. The survey found that, surprisingly, the safety of the work environment was among the top…[Continue Reading]

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