This Week in Comp, August 4 – 8

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

Acclimatization key to working safely outdoors
Failure to ease into the stress of working in hot temperatures is a leading cause of heat-related illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…MORE

Casey Perkins, OSHA Austin director, explains the agency’s Water. Rest. Shade. heat safety campaign.

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

What’s the most dangerous jobs in the world?
Construction worker? Roofer? Truck driver? All made the list, but none claimed the dubious title of World’s Most Dangerous Job. Still stumped? Here’s a hint: There’s a giant leap between the pay grade and the risk associated with the job…MORE

Prescription drugs

Paying for detox
The health care industry is increasingly turning to detoxification programs to wean patients off powerful opioids. Programs that excel at pain management and detoxification deliver the best results…MORE

A prescription for patient safety when using compounded medications
Compounded medications pose safety risks for patients. Medications can get contaminated during the compounding process. In addition, many compound medications are provided as topical creams or patches, which makes it difficult to control dosage accurately and consistently…MORE

Return-to-work

GENEX Services outlines top barriers to effective return-to-work programs
If employers want to reap the benefits of a return-to-work program, they must create a formal, written policy that includes modified duty for injured workers who have medical restrictions…MORE

Claims

DWC report shows decrease in benefit disputes
Medical benefit disputes in the Texas workers’ compensation system fell 70 percent from 2003 to 2013, according to a Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation report. The report also showed the number of claims with indemnity dispute proceedings is at its lowest level since 2008…MORE

NCCI releases 2014 claim frequency report
Lost-time claim frequency increased in accident year 2010 and has declined in each subsequent accident year. The report partially attributes the trend to the Great Recession…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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