This Week in Comp, August 11 – 15

By David Wylie, Senior Technical Writer

By David Wylie, Senior Technical Writer

Safety

From the family room to the board room: A lesson in workplace safety
Behavior-based safety may have been hibernating in safety circles, but it is alive and well. In this week’s Texas Mutual blog post, David Wylie shows how a mishap at home underscores the importance of personal accountability in preventing accidents…MORE

What’s your biggest risk behind the wheel?
Of the 2,000 drivers surveyed by CarInsurance.com, 68 percent admitted to driving when they were tired or sleepy….MORE

NETS offers driving safety toolkit
The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) toolkit builds the case for executive leadership to adopt safe driving as part of the corporate safety culture. It also provides low-cost steps to engage employees…MORE

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

Fraud

Beauty contestant busted through social media for workers’ comp fraud
A California woman was arrested for workers’ compensation fraud after video evidence showed her participating in the 2014 Miss Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix beauty contest…MORE

Prescription drugs

Study investigates effectiveness of compounds
A recent study shows that cost and utilization of compounded medications jumped 126 percent per-user-per-year in 2013. The study uncovered no clinical evidence that compounded medications commonly used in workers’ compensation are more effective than commercially available, manufactured drugs. In fact, compound drugs could pose serious patient safety concerns…MORE

Measuring opioid effectiveness requires more than scale of 1 to 10
Asking patients to rate their pain does not tell physicians whether opioids are effective, according to Dr. Kurt Hegmann, director of the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. Rather, physicians should ask quantifiable, function-based questions…MORE

Return-to-work

Trust, belief and recovery from disability
A recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute showed that injured employees who fear being laid off or fired are twice as likely not to return to work. The study underscores the importance of trust in the employer/employee relationship…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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