This Week in Comp, January 16, 2015

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

President Obama signs TRIA renewal bill into law
The bill renews TRIA six years…MORE

Texas auto injury, fatality crashes rise again in 2014
Contrary to a nationwide trend, Texas automobile crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities have increased 10 percent over the past three years, according to a study by the Insurance Council of Texas. The study says alcohol, speed and drivers not wearing seat belts have contributed to the increases…MORE

Study shows small businesses good candidates for wellness programs
healthy livingSmall businesses are prepared to adopt workplace wellness programs and, based on the kinds of health risks facing employees, are a good target for such health interventions, according to new research conducted by our friends at Pinnacol…MORE

Aon releases 2014 health care workers’ compensation barometer report
The report shows that frequency of workers’ compensation claims has been slowly and consistently decreasing at the same 1 percent level over the 10-year experience period analyzed…MORE

Top 10 safety stories of 2014
About 80 percent of drivers believe hands-free devices are safer than hand-held devices. They’re wrong, according to the National Safety Council. That was just one of the top 10 safety stories of the year…MORE

Is exclusive remedy on the ropes in Oklahoma?
Boxing ExecutiveA district judge in Oklahoma has ruled that an injured worker can sue his employer for negligence because the injury was “foreseeable.” The case, along with similar cases in Florida and Tennessee, has Bob Wilson wondering whether the concept of exclusive remedy is in jeopardy…MORE

Improving rail tank car, commercial trucking safety among NTSB’s most wanted list for 2015
The list includes banning all personal electronic devices, including hand-held devices; and lowering the illegal blood-alcohol level for drunk driving from 0.08 to 0.05…MORE

Governor Perry appoints Mattax as commissioner of insurance
David Mattax was deputy attorney general for defense litigation, past director of defense litigation, and past chief of the financial litigation division for the Texas Attorney General’s Office…MORE

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

Lessons from Dallas’ Thanksgiving Tower accident
The holidays will forever be linked to loss for three Texas families, thanks to a well-publicized on-the-job accident at Dallas’ Thanksgiving Tower. It is too late to spare these families the pain and suffering that comes from losing a loved one. We can, however, take steps to ensure this type of accident does not happen again….MORE

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