This Week in Comp, May 26 – 30

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

Safety

OSHA Demotes I2P2 Rule to Long-Term Action List in Spring Regulatory Agenda
The I2P2 rule (RIN 1218-AC48) would have held employers responsible for finding and correcting hazards in their own workplaces. The delay makes it virtually impossible to pass the rule under the Obama administration…MORE

OSHA heat safety campaign offers free resources
In 2012, there were 31 heat-related worker deaths and 4,120 heat-related worker illnesses. OSHA’s annual heat safety campaign includes a website with free resources in English and Spanish. OSHA also created an app that empowers employers to measure the heat index at their worksites…MORE

Are Americans worrying too much about the wrong things?
Dramatic events like homicides and natural disasters headline the news. But did you know that every four minutes, an American dies from an unintentional injury? In fact, unintentional injuries cause 67 percent of injury-related deaths. The National Safety Council is calling on Americans to focus on the leading causes of unintentional injuries during National Safety Month…MORE

How a loud, plastic horn improved safety
The vevuzula is a plastic horn that gained worldwide notoriety during the soccer World Cup. Find out how one workplace used it to keep employees safe on the job…MORE

Costs

Texas employers riding off with lower comp costs
Declining workplace injuries and fewer claims for workers’ compensation benefits are leading to lower costs for employers, according to Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon…MORE

Claims

8 most common, expensive on-the-job injuries
Slips, trips and falls account for 20 percent of injuries, but motor vehicle accidents average an eye-opening $35K…MORE

Opioid epidemic

Closed Formulary Closing the Door on Opioids
Texas’ pharmacy closed formulary is helping control the use of and costs associated with opioids in the workers’ compensation system. The formulary’s success is proof that stakeholder education is the most effective way to safely utilize opioid analgesics…MORE

WCRI study: Little reduction in longer-term opioid use in most states
In most states, the percentage of claims with opioids that received opioids on a longer-term basis changed little, within 2 percentage points, between 2008/2010 and 2010/2012, according to the study…MORE

Counties sue narcotics makers, alleging ‘campaign of deception’
California’s Orange and Santa Clara counties accuse drug makers of encouraging patients, including well-insured veterans and the elderly, to ask their doctors for opioid painkillers to treat common conditions such as headaches, arthritis and back pain…MORE

Fraud

Fraudster assumes 19 fake identities
Fifty-seven-year-old Carlos Perry received a prison sentence for a scheme that is, perhaps, the most imaginative theatrical performance in the world of fraud: playing the roles of employer and injured employees (yes, plural) simultaneously…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.

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