This Week in Comp, November 3 – 7

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

???????????????????????????????????????NTSB to host tire health symposium
Tire blowouts are a common cause of motor vehicle accidents. The public can get information about tire maintenance at a free symposium hosted by the National Transportation Safety Board December 9-10. The NTSB will stream the symposium via webcast…MORE

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

Gear wars: Whose Ebola protective suit is better?
Experts are dividend over whether the type of personal protective equipment (PPE) health care workers wear is more important than the manner in which they remove potentially infected PPE…MORE

What’s the risk, and will you accept it?
Lessons in workplace safety are all around us. Take, for example, this recent incident on a New Jersey construction site…MORE

BLS to correct 2011, 2012 injury data
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that because of data processing errors, incorrect estimates for national-level, private-sector, nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses were published in news releases for reference years 2011 and 2012. BLS will issue corrections to the time series data in the BLS database as the data become available…MORE

More workers testing positive for drug use
The percentage of positive drug tests among American workers has increased for the first time in more than a decade, fueled by a rise in marijuana and amphetamines, according to an analysis of 8.5 million urine, oral fluid and hair workplace drug test results by Quest Diagnostics….MORE

Opioid-related emergency room visits driving costs
A new study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that there were over 92,000 emergency department visits related to drug overdoses in 2010. Overall, inpatient and emergency department costs for overdoses resulted in $2.4 billion in health care expenditures…MORE

Former postal worker sentenced to one year in prison for workers’ comp fraud
The man claimed an on-the-job injury left him unable to work. Yet, he snow skied at least 40 days per season and was observed performing arduous physical labor…MORE

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