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Annual Report Shows 2009 Activities and Data, 2010 Plans 04/05/2010
State: MI | Segment: CENTRAL | 228 | 0
Michigan workers' compensation medical costs increased by 5%, to $525 million in 2009, according to the state Workers’ Compensation Agency’s annual report released last week.Medical payments in 2008 were slightly under $502 million.The information is included ...Read More
Anti-Surveillance Bill Stalls, 5 Other Pinnacol Bills Advance 04/02/2010
State: CO | Segment: Top | 133 | 0
By Greg Griggs, EditorA proposed bill to limit surveillance of Colorado's injured workers may be in trouble, as the measure was pulled from a key committee vote late Wednesday by one of its sponsors, but five other bills d...Read More
Appeals Court: Detective Can't Sue Fellow Officers for Shooting Him 04/02/2010
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 593 | 0
New York law barred a detective from suing his employer and a fellow officer who shot him in the hand as he fended off a vicious dog, an appellate court ruled. Case: Connery, et al. v. County of Albany, et al., No. 508265, 4/1/10. Published.Facts: Jeffrey Connery, a detective...Read More
Accused Drug Dealer Draws New Charge of Comp Fraud 04/02/2010
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 119 | 0
An Arcade, N.Y., worker accused of dealing drugs is facing a new charge alleging he failed to report the proceeds to the New York State Insurance Fund.The Daily News, of Wyoming County, N.Y., reported Thursday that Richard Westley, 29, was arrested in March 2009 by the Wyoming County Dru...Read More
Alleged Fall Hazards Bring 6 Citations, $49,600 in Fines 04/02/2010
State: NJ | Segment: EAST | 306 | 0
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued JLC Stucco Co. of South Amboy, N.J., six citations with fines totaling $49,600 for alleged workplace safety hazards involving falls at a Somerset work site.OSHA initiated an inspection of the site Nov. 16 as part of a local emp...Read More
Alleged Air Contaminants Bring 16 Citations, $50,500 in Fines 04/02/2010
State: TX | Segment: CENTRAL | 134 | 0
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued Gulf Chemical and Metallurgical Corp. of Freeport 16 serious citations with fines totaling $50,500 for allegedly exposing workers to hazardous airborne contaminants at the company's work site on Midway Road.The citations al...Read More
Asbestos Inspector Admits to Submitting Hundreds of Fake Reports 04/01/2010
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 212 | 0
A New York City environmental consultant who sometimes worked on government funded-demolition projects admitted last week to falsifying lead and asbestos tests involving hundreds of buildings across the city, according to charges filed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.Bharara said Saverio ...Read More
Appellate Court's Comp Division to Consider Oral Arguments in May 04/01/2010
State: IL | Segment: CENTRAL | 312 | 0
The Appellate Court of Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission Division announced that it will consider arguments in 20 cases in late May. The court will listen to oral arguments on May 25 through May 27 at the Supreme Court Courtroom at 160 N. LaSalle Street in downtown Chicago. ...Read More
Airline Could Be Liable for Independent Contractor's Injury 03/30/2010
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 311 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Get CEs for reading this column, click here!An airline could be liable for an injury to the employee of an independent contractor because it breached a duty that may have caused the injury, the 1st Dist...Read More
ALJ Grants State's First 'Mental-Mental' Claim for Officer with PTSD 03/30/2010
State: AR | Segment: CENTRAL | 264 | 0
An administrative law judge awarded benefits to a police officer for post-traumatic stress disorder after he protected a fellow officer from sniper fire during a three-hour standoff, in what is believed to be the state's first decision granting an officer's claim for a mental injury wi...Read More
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