This Week in Comp, September 22 – 26

This Week in Comp provides an overview of workers’ compensation news from across the country.

Texas Mutual’s Al Capps explains 6 things you need to know about OSHA’s new reporting rule

By Al Capps, Safety Services Consultant

By Al Capps, Safety Services Consultant

The revised rule expands the list of injuries employers must report to OSHA. The rule applies to all employers under OSHA jurisdiction, even employers who are exempt from routinely keeping OSHA records due to company size or industry…MORE

OSHA says priority of I2P2 has been bumped down
OSHA Director David Michaels says the organization has shifted its focus to silica exposure and modernizing the recordkeeping process…MORE

OSHA offers fatality summaries in a single, downloadable report
The public can now download year-to-date fatality summaries for 2014 in multiple formats. OSHA also offers an aggregate report of fatalities from 2009-2013…MORE

More workers testing positive for drugs
For the first time in more than a decade, the percentage of positive drug tests among U.S. workers has increased, according to a recent report…MORE

Regulatory Roundup
Texas Mutual’s weekly mash-up of health and safety-related regulatory news…MORE

NIOSH celebrates National Farm Safety and Health Week
NIOSH Farm Safety WeekThe National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health marked this year’s theme, Safety Counts: Protecting What Matters, by announcing the new Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing directory page…MORE

Law that made terrorism coverage available expiring at year end

The recent intensification of threats to American interests around the world from new terrorist organizations demonstrates the need for TRIA’s extension,  according to the Insurance Information Institute. With Congress in recess until after the November mid-term elections, the opportunity to reauthorize TRIA before year-end is rapidly narrowing…MORE

Tech, underwriting and claims departments best for job opportunities
Fifth-eight percent of insurance companies that participated in a recent study by Jacobson Group and Ward Group plan to increase staff during the next 12 months. Those looking for jobs within the insurance industry should focus on employment opportunities within technology, underwriting and claims departments…MORE

Houston nurse ordered to pay back $39,800 to Texas Mutual
auto-insurance-fraudA Travis County district court sentenced Raj Dhingra of Houston for workers’ compensation fraud-related charges. Dhingra was sentenced to deferred adjudication and ordered to pay $39,800 in restitution to Texas Mutual….MORE

Texas construction firm owners sentenced for premium fraud
A Travis County district court sentenced Anthony Stokes and Mario Williams of Little Elm, Texas for workers’ compensation fraud-related charges. Stokes and Williams were sentenced to one year deferred adjudication and ordered to pay $41,844 in restitution to Texas Mutual…MORE

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