This Week in Comp, July 31

Tired? Take a deep breath and relax
On-the-job fatigue can have fatal consequences, especially behind the wheel. If we manage our stress, we can control fatigue and protect ourselves and others…MORE

OSHA proposes tightening injury record-keeping rules
OSHA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that clarifies an employer’s continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness throughout the five-year period during which the employer is required to keep the records…MORE

Texas Mutual pays $73,699 dividend to Texas Lumber and Wood Products safety group
Dollar BillsThe workers’ compensation dividend was based largely on the  Texas Lumber and Wood Products collective safety record. Group dividends are separate from the $225 million in individual policyholder dividends Texas Mutual is distributing among qualifying customers in…MORE

California workers’ comp reforms bring savings, state report says

California workers’ comp reforms enacted in 2013 have translated to a 30 percent increase in benefits for workers with permanent disabilities, a 3.3 percent reduction in medical costs and a 10 percent drop in premiums…MORE

The thermometer might not read 100, but…
OSHA’s annual Water. Rest. Shade. campaign reminds us that the heat index, not the temperature, is a more accurate measure of the true effect of heat on the body. The heat index considers temperature and humidity…MORE

Tired? Take a deep breath and relax
On-the-job fatigue can have fatal consequences, especially behind the wheel. If we manage our stress, we can control fatigue and protect ourselves and others…MORE

TDI-DWC issues bulletin on medical records for designated doctor examinations
The DWC reminds system participants that 28 Texas Administrative Code § 127.10(a)(3) requires treating doctors and insurance carriers to provide all required medical records and any analyses to the designated doctor no later than three business days prior to a designated doctor examination…MORE

Regulatory roundup
Texas Mutual’s weekly roundup of EHS news…MORE

Health and safety go together like…
healthy livingWhen it comes to employee health, disease management and prevention get most of the attention. But occupational safety should be an integral part of any wellness strategy, according to experts who developed guidance to help employers integrate their health and safety programs…MORE

LUBA Workers’ Comp announces expansion into Texas
The Louisiana-based company offers coverage in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas through select, independent insurance agencies…MORE

10 children injured in crash of church van on Oklahoma highway

The children were injured when a tire blowout caused the passenger van they were traveling in to roll over…MORE
 

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