This Week in Comp, May 12 – 16

By David Wylie, Senior Technical Writer

By David Wylie, Senior Technical Writer

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

Safety

OSHA update
OSHA advisory committees are studying strategies to address health hazards, construction and temporary workers; whistleblower committee re-charter…MORE

Denton could be first city in Texas to ban fracking
Fracking has led to major economic benefits but also to fears that chemicals used in the process could spread to water supplies and worsen air quality…MORE

Cited and fined! Employers discovering OSHA is serious about eliminating falls
Nearly one-third of all construction fatalities last year were related to falls. Failing to provide fall protection is one of the 10 most-frequently cited OSHA violations….MORE

First study unveiled to focus on occupation and obesity
Truckers, movers, police and firefighters are likeliest to be obese. Doctors, scientists and teachers are the healthiest. Those are the results of a first-of-its-type study the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries sponsored connecting occupation with obesity…MORE

Claims

Wellness reduces health risks 25%, cuts comp claims
A study by Pinnacol Assurance found that workplace wellness programs reduce employee health risks by 25 percent. The study also found that wellness program participants cut their smoking rates, as well as their cancer, depression and stress risks…MORE

Autopilot fear
From strict guidelines to sophisticated software, adjusters and their ability to judge each claim individually are being removed from the claims process. That trend doesn’t sit well with David DePaolo…MORE

State fund news

SAIF CEO is fired after three months
The board of directors for Oregon’s SAIF Corporation has fired John Plotkin on allegations of inappropriate comments he made to employees…MORE
Opioid epidemic

Opioid paradox: The drugs can cause pain
The condition is also called “paradoxical hyperalgesia” because a patient may experience more pain resulting from their opioid treatment rather than a decrease in pain. The phenomena can encourage dangerous dose escalation as doctors struggle to control a patient’s chronic pain…MORE

About the author
David Wylie is the senior technical writer 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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