This Week in Comp, February 6, 2015

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

Here’s a new wrinkle in the distracted driving epidemic
Alabama authorities say a tractor-trailer crashed on Interstate 20 near Tuscaloosa because the driver lost control while he was pulling one of his teeth…MORE

Texas families push for statewide ban on texting while driving
cell_phone_blogCellphone usage caused crashes that killed 52 people in 2014, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. With support from 15 families who have lost loved ones in cellphone-related accidents, Democratic Sen. Judith Zaffirini has filed a bill that would prohibit motorists from using a wireless device to read, write or send a text message while driving unless the vehicle is stopped and outside of traffic lanes…MORE

Regulatory roundup
Texas Mutual’s weekly compilation of workers’ comp regulatory news…MORE

Innovative technology helps combat drug use
What could you possibly learn about a job applicant from a 1.5 inch sample of their hair? A lot if you’re looking to maintain a safe, drug-free workplace. Hair samples can detect drug use as far back as three months. Urinalysis, by comparison, detects drug use from the past 48 to 72 hours…MORE

California State Fund files April 1 rating plan
The plan calls for a 9 percent increase in collectible premium that will apply to new and renewal workers’ compensation policies effective on or after April 1…MORE

Where do most work accidents happen?
Walkways are the most common danger zones, followed by toxic substances, according to OSHA…MORE

Keep your employees seeing clearly
Safe workerEvery day, about 2,000 Americans get medical attention for on-the-job eye injuries, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. More than 100 of those injuries cause victims to miss work…MORE

Did you post your OSHA 300A on Feb. 1?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires employers to post Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, by February 1 and leave it posted until April 30 of every year, even if you had no recordable injuries or illnesses…MORE

70% of active shooters target schools, businesses – FBI report
The FBI identified 160 active shooter incidents nationwide between 2000 and 2013. In the first seven years of the study, there was an average of 6.4 incidents per year. In the last seven years, the rate increased to 11.4 incidents per year…MORE

Opioid prescribing not linked to patient satisfaction
Pills White BackgroundResearchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School examined the effect that opioids had on patients in the ER, and found no correlation between greater patient satisfaction and use of prescription pain medications. The study underscores the importance of following evidence-based guidance and exercising appropriate patient selection…MORE

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