Workers Compensation Press Updates

  • Willful violation upheld in deadly building collapse
    The Occupational Health and Safety Review Commission last week upheld a willful safety violation and vacated another violation in a case that centered on the employee-employer relationship among companies hired to tear down buildings at a worksite in Philadelphia.
  • NCCI recommends 10.3% decrease in West Virginia comp rate
    The National Council on Compensation Insurance has filed a proposed overall average workers compensation voluntary rate decrease of 10.3% with the West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner.
  • Sullivan sworn in as OSHRC commissioner
    James J. Sullivan Jr. was sworn in Monday as commissioner of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission to fill a term expiring in 2021.
  • Employers on the hook for keeping temporary workers safe
    While both staffing agencies and host employers are on the legal hook for keeping temporary workers safe and injury-free, employers tend to get cited more by safety regulators for failing to maintain a hazard-free workplace, according to a legal expert weighing in on issues with short-term workers.
  • Limited comp coverage available for suicide risks
    Suicide is not always covered under workers compensation, but experts say in certain cases it can be.
  • OSHA focus shifts away from name and shame policy
    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is continuing to shift away from its policy of publicly shaming employers for workplace safety incidents, as evidenced by the recent removal of data on workplace fatalities from its home page.
  • NCCI recommends comp premium decrease in Florida
    The National Council on Compensation Insurance said Monday that it has recommended an overall premium level decrease of 9.6%, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
  • Fewer injured Kentucky workers receive opioids after reforms
    Fewer injured workers in Kentucky received opioids and those that did received smaller amounts on average after the implementation of a 2012 law that aimed to reduce powerful pain medications in workers compensation claims, according to a study released Tuesday by the Workers Compensation Research Institute.