Workers Compensation Press Updates

  • Mesothelioma case goes to Missouri Supreme Court
    In a case that was appealed by both the widow of a tile installer who died of complications related to asbestos and the employer and insurer who say a new law was misapplied to the case, the Missouri Court of Appeals is sending the issue to the state’s high court.
  • Asset manager acquires majority stake in MedRisk
    The Carlyle Group, an alternative asset manager, has agreed to acquire a majority stake in MedRisk Inc., a provider of managed physical medicine solutions to the workers compensation sector.
  • OSHA settles with grain company in Kansas fatal explosion
    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has settled workplace safety violations with a Missouri-based grain company following six fatalities during a 2011 explosion, with the company agreeing to pay $182,000 in penalties.
  • Workplace fatalities down in California
    The California Department of Industrial Relations says 376 Californians died on the job in 2016, down slightly from 388 deaths in 2015 but still higher than the most recent low of 344 in 2014.
  • Holiday hurry leads to workers comp flurry
    The holiday season’s demands on the retail, packing and shipping sectors elevate workers compensation risks, and those who hire seasonal workers or expect their employees to put in overtime are urged to plan wisely.
  • OSHA cites Florida company for trench hazards
    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Tallahassee, Florida-based R.A.W. Construction for exposing its employees to trench collapse hazards.
  • Fatal workplace injuries surge
    Fatal work injuries in the United States in 2016 reached their highest level since 2008, with double-digit increases in workplace violence and overdose fatalities, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report.
  • Report analyzes workers comp and earthquake risk in California
    Losses for a 100-year earthquake in California are expected to exceed $300 million with more than 300 fatalities and a 250-year event may exceed $1.4 billion in losses with more than 1,000 fatalities, according to a report released Monday by the Oakland, California-based Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau.
  • Privacy concerns may stall OSHA record-keeping move