This Week in Comp, November 10-14

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

CDC personnel assemble PPE kits to distribute among requesting hospitals.

CDC personnel assemble PPE kits to distribute among requesting hospitals.

CDC increasing supply of Ebola-specific PPE for U.S. hospitals
The $2.7 million in PPE includes impermeable gowns, coveralls, and aprons; boot covers; gloves; face shields and hoods; N95 respirators; powered-air purifying respirator systems and ancillaries; and disinfecting wipes…MORE

Observe World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
This Sunday, countries across the globe will observe World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. This year’s theme, “Speed Kills! Designing Out Speed,” promotes technology that designs speed out of the equation and keeps drivers and passengers safer…MORE

The 3 most common types of workers’ comp fraud, and how to prevent them
Workers’ compensation fraud can take many forms. Careful claim management is key to deterring and detecting it…MORE

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

This is one of 9 new pictograms used in the revised hazard communication standard (HCS). Employers were required to train their employees on the revised HCS by Dec. 1, 2013. Click on the pictogram for more information.

Wisconsin manufacturing company cited in death of worker
OSHA found that the company failed to train workers on the physical and health hazards of chemicals in the workplace…MORE

Workers rescued from dangling scaffolding “doing well”
Investigators are looking into the collapse of a scaffold that left two window washers dangling from the nation’s tallest skyscraper. The men held on to the teetering platform for nearly two hours before firefighters used diamond cutters to saw through a double-layered window to pull them to safety…MORE

Workers’ compensation results continue to improve: A.M. Best
The industry’s combined ratio declined to 98.6, an 11.7-point decrease from 2012 and the lowest calendar year combined ratio since 2006, according to A.M. Best.  Written premiums increased for the third straight year, improvement in the combined ratio has continued and the reduction in claims frequency has largely offset the increase in claims severity…MORE

NSC offers tips to stay safe this busy holiday season
The National Safety Council estimates that there will be 418 fatalities from crashes this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Buckling up, avoiding distractions and staying sober behind the wheel are keys to getting to your destination safely…MORE

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