This Week in Comp, July 13 – 18


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.


TDI recognizes Stewart Welding & Machine for safety excellence
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation recently issued its prestigious Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award to Stewart Welding & Machine. The  company, a Texas Mutual policyholder, constructs, maintains and repairs oilfield production facilities…MORE

Fall protection was OSHA’s most-frequently cited citation in 2013
OSHA levied more than $20 million in proposed penalties for fall protection violations. The top industries where fall protection violations were found, in ranking order: construction, wholesale trade, waste management and remediation services, and manufacturing…MORE

Global occupational health and safety standard on horizon to protect workers worldwide
The team includes representatives from 43 countries, including the U.S. Its goal is to provide governmental agencies, industry and other affected stakeholders with effective, usable guidance for improving worker safety worldwide…MORE

Holland & Hart launches cutting-edge workplace safety report
The report includes information specifically related to industries at high risk for work-related injuries. It also provides intelligence on federal and state agencies that regulate workplace safety and health…MORE

Substance abuse

NIH system to monitor emerging drug trends
The system will help health experts respond quickly to potential outbreaks of illicit drugs. It will scan social media and Web platforms to identify new trends, as well as use conventional national- and local-level data resources…MORE

TRIA extension

Senate passes TRIA renewal with broker licensing provision
The bill would extend TRIA for seven years. The House version would renew TRIA for five years and reduce government involvement in the program…MORE

Medical costs

WCRI releases Medical Price Index for Workers’ Compensation
The MPI tracks the actual medical prices paid for each of the major services delivered to injured workers in 25 states over the past 12 years. The states included in the study represent 80 percent of workers’ comp benefits paid in the U.S…MORE

Up? Down? Sideways? What’s up with health care costs?
If you’re stressed over costs, Joe Paduda has some advice: Learn the difference between price and cost, and, more important, don’t get too wrapped up in recent forecasts…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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