This Week in Comp, June 16-20

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.

TRIA reauthorization

Is Hensarling betting on more conservative 2015 Congress?
Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, today proposed a “clean” seven-month extension of the current program, until Aug. 1, 2015, in case Congress is unable to come to terms on longer-term reauthorization legislation…MORE

AIA calls for swift action on House TRIA reauthorization bill
Leigh Ann Pusey, president and CEO of the American Insurance Association (AIA), stressed that AIA is concerned with certain provisions of the bill that could lead to decreased market capacity…MORE

Claims

History shows spike in comp claims during the summer
Increased construction activity, soaring temperatures and an influx of young workers are among the reasons workers’ comp claims increase in the summer…MORE

Firing fear among new predictors of workers’ comp outcomes
Workers who are concerned about being fired after their injuries experience poorer return-to-work outcomes than workers without those concerns, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute…MORE

Safety

Hydraulic fracturing: Growing industry, increasing fatalities
Hydraulic fracturing is powering economic engines in Texas, North Dakota and other oil-rich states. It is also contributing to an increase in on-the-job accidents. In fact, fatality rates in the booming oil and gas industry are seven times higher than other industries…MORE

Chemical safety report “is a milestone, not an endpoint”
Improvements were made in U.S. chemical safety and security following the devastating 2013 West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, but a report issued earlier this month makes it clear how much more remains to be done…MORE

4 ways the workplace has become more dangerous
This article offers strategies for keeping violence out of your workplace…MORE

Opioid epidemic

TN announces strategic plan to tackle prescription drug abuse epidemic
Of the 4,850,000 adults in Tennessee, it is estimated that nearly 5 percent (about 221,000) have used pain relievers, also known as prescription opioids, in the past year for non-medical purposes. Of those, it is estimated that 69,100 are addicted to prescription opioids and require treatment for prescription opioid abuse…MORE

Fraud

Five charged in multimillion dollar workers’ comp and payroll fraud case
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office has charged five owners, operators, and employees of a Corona-based paving company in a case involving wage theft, premium fraud, workers’ compensation fraud, and payroll fraud…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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