This Week in Comp, December 5, 2014

 

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

Rocket scientists’ invention could end texting and driving epidemic
Texting and driving has replaced drinking and driving as the leading cause of vehicular death among teens. A personal tragedy inspired a former rocket scientist to leverage technology to end the epidemic…MORE

BLS: Fewer workplace injuries in 2013
The rate of reported injuries and illnesses declined significantly in 2013 among the manufacturing, retail trade, and utilities sectors but was statistically unchanged among all other private industry sectors compared to a year earlier…MORE.

For information about Texas workplace injuries in 2013, click here.

Regulatory roundup
Texas Mutual’s weekly compilation of health and safety news…MORE

Is your business ready for the new hazcomm labeling standard?

Click the image above for a short podcast on the new hazard communication standard labeling requirements.

Click the image above for a short podcast on the new hazard communication standard labeling requirements.

New hazardous communications labeling standards are coming June 1st, 2015. This means that chemicals must have a whole new labeling scheme. Company owners and safety managers have been using the same system since 1994. Listen to this podcast to get the information you need for your business.

Texas premiums and claim frequency drop, access to care improves
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation released its 2014 biennial report to the Legislature. The report paints the picture of a healthy, vibrant workers’ compensation system for Texas employers and their employees…MORE

Industry experts call for TRIA renewal
Terrorism is an unpredictable, uninsurable risk that requires a federal solution. Given today’s heightened risk, it is critical that Congress reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act before it expires at the end of 2014, according to industry experts attending the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America annual meeting.

South Carolina eyes mandating database use to curb painkiller abuse
A council created by Gov. Nikki Haley says requiring doctors to use a statewide database to check their patients’ prescription history can reduce the rampant abuse of painkillers in South Carolina…MORE

Punk rock front man makes 2014 insurance fraud hall of shame
The man claimed an on-the-job injury left him unable to work. Meanwhile, video evidence showed him overcoming his alleged injuries as the demonstrative singer in a punk rock band…MORE

Woody Hill guest post provides helpful holiday safety tips

Woody Hill Vice President of Safety Services

Woody Hill
Vice President of Safety Services

Many business, especially in the retail industry, are hiring temporary workers to meet increased holiday demand. Those workers are often unfamiliar with the hazards of the job. To help businesses protect them, Work Comp Wire invited our own Woody Hill to write a guest post on holiday safety tips…MORE

 

 

 

 

 

 

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