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Explosion at Carbon Fiber Plant Leads to $1.3 Million Fine 01/14/2016
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 352 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries assessed $1.3 million in penalties following an investigation into a July 2015 explosion at a carbon fiber production plant in Newport that injured 17 workers. ...Read More

Divided Supreme Court Says Worker Can Add Necrosis Diagnosis to Existing Claim 01/14/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: WV | Segment: SOUTH | 880 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A divided West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that an injured mine worker was entitled to add a diagnosis of avascular necrosis to his 2012 on-the-job back injury claim. ...Read More
Governor Announces Appointments to Pinnacol, Work Comp Cost Containment Boards 01/14/2016
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 420 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed representatives to serve on the board of the directors for Pinnacol Assurance and the Workers' Compensation Cost Containment Board. Hickenlooper appointed Megan Marie Strong of Thornton and Carl Joseph Hermann of Wellington to serve on th...Read More

Christie Vetoes Cancer Bill for Firefighters 01/14/2016
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 558 | 0 | Popular with Legal
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has issued an absolute veto on a bill that would have created a rebuttable cancer presumption for firefighters. Cr...Read More

Injured Roofer Could Be Compelled to Attend Voc. Rehabilitation Evaluation 01/14/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 496 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A New York appellate court ruled that the defendant in a Labor Law suit could compel the injured plaintiff to attend a vocational rehabilitation evalation. ...Read More
Maintenance Tax on Premiums Lowered 01/14/2016
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 374 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Texas Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Ryan Brannan is lowering the maintenance tax rate paid on premiums collected by workers’ compensation insurance carriers.  The tax rate for premiums collected in 2015 will be 1.478%, down from 1.533% in 2014. The maintenance tax su...Read More
Loss Control Specialist Joins Higginbotham Insurance 01/14/2016
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 441 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Higginbotham, an independent insurance firm with more than 20 locations in Texas, has hired Peter Clarke as senior loss control consultant. ...Read More
BerkleyNet to Move to Larger Headquarters Next Year 01/14/2016
State: VA | Segment: SOUTH | 401 | 0 | Popular with Legal
BerkleyNet, an online provider of workers’ compensation insurance, plans to move its headquarters next year to Innovation Park in Prince William County, Virginia. BerkleyNet will initially occupy 49,000 square feet of Class A office space at its new headquarters, to be known as Berk...Read More

Amazon Shipper Accused of Ergonomic Hazards, Failing to Report Injuries 01/14/2016
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 353 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing $7,000 in penalties against a company that handles shipping for the online retailer Amazon for exposing workers to a variety of hazards and recordkeeping violations. ...Read More

Makeshift Platform Collapses, Paralyzing Worker, Prompts $97K in Fines 01/14/2016
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 489 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An accident that paralyzed a Pennsylvania construction worker prompted an investigation by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and more than $97,000 in penalties against his employer and the general contractor. ...Read More
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