While safety standards listed under the state Injury and Illness Prevention Program typically improve safety, the commission said it's unclear whether state mandates cause employers to be safer than companies that voluntarily implement such practices.
The California Commission for Health, Safety and Workers' Compensation released a draft of the study on Jan. 12. The Injury and Illness Prevention Program, implemented in 1991, requires California employers to create a written safety plan that addresses safe work practices, employee safety training and procedures for correcting hazards, among other provisions.Two-thirds of IIPP violations in California involve employers who did not have or implement a written safety plan, the commission said.Read More
A worker cannot sue an employer in addition to collecting workers' compensation benefits, even when the employer fails to purchase mandatory workers comp insurance, Virginia's Supreme Court ruled Jan. 13. Read More
Three of the court's nine judges dissented to a portion of the opinion. Judge Raymond Abramson noted that Greg Prock had used a torch in the past to open barrels, and said the accident may not have been directly caused by Prock's past drug use.
Overexertion—or injuries caused by lifting, pushing, pulling, holding and carrying—costs businesses $12.5 billon in direct annual expenses and accounts for more than 25 percent of the national burden, according to Liberty Mutual's Workplace Safety Index.
Under new federal regulations, laborers who build, repair or dismantle any recreational water vessel will no longer be covered by the Longshore Act, so long as they are covered under a state's workers comp law.
An attempt to lower premiums for workers' compensation insurance went horribly wrong. Next week a state agency will attempt to start collecting hundreds of millions of dollars from the businesses who took part.Read More
Investigators found the would-be reality TV star and her husband submitted 42 fraudulent claims and underreported tens of millions of dollars in payroll to avoid paying workers' compensation premiums.Read More
With opioid prescription abuse on the rise nationwide, workers compensation experts are seeking ways to help addicted workers return to sobriety.Read More