This Week in Comp, July 28 – August 1

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

Tire blowouts more common in the summer
High temperatures and hot roads contribute to tire breakdown, under-inflation and failure. In fact, there are nearly 11,000 tire-related crashes each year, and almost 200 people die in those crashes. Follow these tips to keep your vehicle road-ready…MORE

Regulatory Roundup
Texas Mutual’s weekly roundup of EHS-related news…MORE

Safety cops patrol the office for high heels
Safety awareness has always been serious business at construction sites, food manufacturing plants, mines and oil rigs. But now, field-inspired safety protocols are migrating to the office, where hazards include dripping umbrellas, high heels and hot cups of coffee…MORE

Technology

Wearables and workers’ comp
Bob Wilson predicts that wearable technology is about to revolutionize the workers’ compensation system, allowing us to move and monitor personal data securely and in real time…MORE

Opioid epidemic

NSC publishes guide for managing workplace opioid use
Drug overdoses – chiefly caused by opioids – have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S., according to the NSC. The new guide includes a toolkit to help employers get the most out of their drug abuse policies…MORE

Abuse deterrent opioids: Technology vs. medical necessity
Some drug manufacturers are offering abuse-deterrent opioids, which contain a chemical that blocks the drugs’ euphoric effects. Michael Gavin, President of PRIUM, applauds manufacturers’ efforts. He adds, however, that lack of medical necessity is a bigger factor in the opioid epidemic…MORE

Claim management

Adjusters are happier than we thought
Adjusters enjoy their work environments and consider their workloads manageable, according to a survey by our friends at Health Strategy Associates. If you’re an adjuster who wants to weigh in, there’s still time to participate…MORE

Fraud

Who commits the most fraud?
From carriers laundering money to doctors treating the incarcerated, all players in the New York workers’ comp system have a generous share of members in the fraud guild…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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