This Week in Comp, July 7 – 11

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

No matter how far off the beaten path you are, workplace hazards will find you
OSHA recently cited the Flambeau Paper Company in Park Falls, Wisconsin for not protecting workers from hazards associated with exposure to sulfur. The news hit home for our technical writer, David Wylie, who spent a year of his childhood in in the remote town just south of the Canadian border…MORE

Eyewear to provide clearer view of worker fatigue
The glasses measure a worker’s eyelid blinks 500 times a second using a tiny LED built into the eyewear frame. Workers are warned with auditory and visual alerts if they move into either a medium or high-risk state…MORE

Report on chemical facility safety finds room for improvement
The most effective emergency planning occurs at the local level. Unfortunately, many local emergency planning committees and tribal emergency planning committees lack the necessary resources…MORE

Opioid epidemic

Opioid deaths drop in Florida as the state cracks down
Florida began making legal and regulatory changes in 2010, requiring pain clinics to register with the state. At the same time, authorities conducted statewide raids that resulted in drug seizures and the closing of pain clinics. The result was a 23 percent drop in prescription drug overdoses between 2010 and 2012…MORE

Fraud

Texas doctor sentenced on workers’ comp fraud charges
Howard T. Douglas, III, M.D. of Frisco was sentenced to five years’ confinement. In May, a Travis County jury convicted Douglas on felony workers’ compensation fraud-related charges for overbilling Texas Mutual for functional capacity evaluations…MORE

Five at California business charged with comp fraud
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office recently 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

Claim management

NCCI data reveal need for new model for workers’ comp claim management
For insurers, claim management makes or breaks profit. The new claim management model should include three core elements…MORE

Miscellaneous

Bob Wilson selected as one of the 50 most influential people in workers’ comp
Wilson is perhaps best known as author of the widely read “From Bob’s Cluttered Desk” blog. He is also CEO of WorkersCompensation.com…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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One Response to This Week in Comp, July 7 – 11

  1. Gina Ohara says:

    Good job on this one David. Enjoyed it! Gina O’Hara

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