This Week in Comp, March 31 – April 4

By David Wylie, Editorial Coordinator

By David Wylie, Editorial Coordinator

This Week in Comp provides an overview of workers’ compensation news from across the country.

Safety

NSC releases latest injury and fatality statistics and trends
Poisonings, including those from unintentional opioid prescription painkiller overdoses, are the leading cause of death in 18 states and Washington, D.C., according to the National Safety Council’s 2014 edition of Injury Facts…MORE

When it comes to workplace safety, Alberta thinks it has the ticket
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance. Still, Bob Wilson thinks Alberta, Canada may be onto something with its latest workplace safety initiative. Our neighbors to the north are set to authorize Occupational Health and Safety Peace Officers to issue citations for safety violations…MORE

OSHA announces final rule revising electric power line work standard
In the name of workplace safety, OSHA has revised its 40-year-old construction standard for electric power line work. OSHA estimates the new standard will save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries annually…MORE

Companies say workplace safety must be proactive
More than 9 in 10 company managers and owners say that managing health and safety at work is part of their corporate strategy, according to a new poll performed by DNV Group. Maintenance premises is the top tactic for 48 percent of survey respondents, while 46 percent focus on emergency preparedness…MORE

People come in all shapes and sizes. Workstation should, too
We buy clothes, shoes, cars and beds to accommodate our unique bodies. Unfortunately, the place we spend the majority of our waking hours – our workplace – too often doesn’t fit our unique needs. The result can be injuries to our muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage and spinal discs…MORE

Opioid epidemic

FDA approves opioid overdose antidote as comp industry prepares for Zohydro
In a move aimed at stemming the tide of deaths caused by the nation’s prescription drug epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new device that would allow family members or caregivers to administer emergency medication to combat an overdose.MORE

Fraud

40 red flags for fraud
Have an employee who gets injured before or after vacation? Does he have a part-time job that requires physical labor? These are two potential signs of  claimant fraud. Get 38 more in this blog post…MORE

Textual despondency

Text Neck – This condition reportedly has been a “world wide health concern” since around 2011 when conditions associated with excessive cell phone usage for texting and other mobile communications activities other than a phone call were starting to be identified. David DePaolo wonders how long it will be before text neck becomes a compensable injury…MORE

In this 1:30 video, a Cleveland Clinic doctor demonstrates the causes of Text Neck.

Legislative/Legal

California coalition urges legislature to call for TRIA extension
A coalition of tourism entities, commercial property owners and insurers are calling on state legislators to support a resolution urging Congress to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. Without Congressional action, TRIA will expire on December 31, 2014.

About the author
David Wylie is the editorial coordinator at Texas Mutual Insurance Company. He works closely with Texas Mutual’s safety professionals to teach employers and their employees how to prevent workplace accidents and their associated costs. David holds the OSHA 10-hour general safety certification and a degree in journalism from Southwest Texas State University.

Links to and from this blog do not reflect any affiliation between Texas Mutual Insurance Company and third parties, and are not an endorsement by Texas Mutual Insurance Company of the linked sites (or their owners or operators) or of any content located there. Texas Mutual Insurance Company does not vouch for the availability or accuracy of any information contained on linked sites.

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