December 19, 2014 Leave a comment
This Week in Comp provides an overview of workers’ compensation news from across the country.
Terrorism risk bill dies amid finger pointing
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) blocked the Senate from holding a final vote on Tuesday night to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), likely killing the bill for the year…MORE
Getting festive this holiday season? Act responsibly.
In this installment of Texas Mutual’s safe-driving series, Woody Hill discusses the consequences of impaired driving and provides tips for protecting yourself…MORE
Number, rate of Texas work-related injuries and illnesses requiring days off work decreased in 2013
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, private industry employers in Texas reported 51,890 cases involving days away from work and an incidence rate of 66.6 injuries and illnesses per 10,000 full-time equivalent employees in 2013. These are decreases from 53,290 cases and a rate of 70.1 in 2012. The Texas rate is below the national rate of 99.9…MORE
Technology dominates ACFE’s fraud predictions for 2015
Technology will give fraudsters an edge in 2015, but it will also provide new tools for organizations and investigators, according to three experts from the Austin, Texas-based Association of Certified Fraud Examiners…MORE
NHTSA offers new ‘SaferRide’ mobile app to kick off holiday season
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration kicked off the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday crackdown on drunk driving by unveiling a new mobile app to help people who have been drinking get a safe ride home. The organization also announced new data revealing a decline in drunk driving deaths in 2013…MORE
NSC estimates nearly 800 fatalities from car crashes this holiday season
The National Safety Council’s (NSC) tips include buckling up every time, and making sure passengers do the same. The NSC estimates seat belts could save an estimated 288 lives during the season…MORE
QuickTakes newsletter includes reporting and record keeping update reminder
Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will expand the list of injuries employers must report and change the list of low-hazard industries that are exempt from keeping OSHA records. Get the details in the latest edition of QuickTakes…MORE
Wearable technology: risks and opportunities
Wearable technology is helping people get healthier, improve their shopping experiences and get real-time social media updates. Now, developers are exploring a new niche for their gadgets: workplace safety…MORE
Texas Mutual’s weekly compilation of health and safety news…MORE
Rising releases 2014 workers’ comp benchmarking study results
A new nationwide survey of workers’ compensation claims leaders reveals the top operational challenges include a rapidly shrinking talent pool, emerging technology trends, operationalizing performance measures while improving productivity and reducing costs…MORE
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