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Leaky Basement Inspection Yields $103,000 Fine for Discount Tire Shop 10/07/2016
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 603 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 62 min read
A New Jersey tire shop employee filed a complaint with the federal workplace safety agency this spring alleging a water leak in the basement, leading to an inspection that yielded $103,331 in penalties. ...Read More

Son Ordered to Jail for Cashing Dead Father's Benefit Checks 10/07/2016
State: ME | Segment: NORTH | 425 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 26 min read
A judge on Wednesday sentenced a man to 90 days in jail for cashing his dead father’s workers’ compensation checks and using his electronic welfare benefits card to run up purchases of $1,274 at various stores. ...Read More
It's Official: Average Rates Will Increase 14.5% 10/07/2016
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 680 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 5 min read
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has issued a final order that grants approval to the National Council on Compensation Insurance for an overall combined statewide average rate increase of 14.5%....Read More

CWCI: Orange County, Inland Empire Claim Costs Higher Than Statewide Average 10/06/2016
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1027 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 86 min read
Orange County and the Inland Empire generate 19% of workers’ compensation claims but 21% of payments, the California Workers’ Compensation Institute reported in the second of a series of scorecards analyzing regional claim characteristics. ...Read More

CWCI Posts Summary of 2016 Comp Bills 10/06/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1425 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 21 min read
The California Workers’ Compensation Institute posted a summary of bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this year that directly or indirectly impact the state’s comp system. ...Read More

Business Challenges Drive Interest in Predictive Analytics 10/06/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 555 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 5 min read
When FHM Insurance Co. decided to expand outside of Florida in 2008 and work with a wider variety of businesses, it wasn’t initially smooth sailing for the monoline workers’ compensation carrier. ...Read More

Out-of-State Employer Can't Assert Subrogation Lien on Worker's 3rd-Party Recovery 10/06/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: MT | Segment: Top | 739 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 36 min read
A divided Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that an Oklahoma employer could not assert a subrogation lien against a worker's potential recovery from a third-party tortfeasor in Montana because he had not been "made whole" for his injuries. ...Read More
Recycling Co. Fined $318,000 for Improper Gas Storage, Lax Training Enforcement 10/06/2016
State: GA | Segment: SOUTH | 585 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 221 min read
A Georgia recycling company that failed to report an amputation within 24 hours was cited for nearly $318,000 worth of workplace safety violations this week. Each citation issued to Columbia Recycling Corp. carried a fine, and the Dalton employer received nine as the result of an Apr...Read More

Construction Co. Fined $77,000 Five Months After Trench Cave-In Killed 2 10/06/2016
State: ID | Segment: WEST | 483 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 22 min read
Two people died while performing excavation work in Boise this spring after a trench caved in and buried them. Another person was seriously injured. ...Read More

Unprotected 9-Foot Trench Nets $93,500 OSHA Fine for Contractor 10/06/2016
State: WI | Segment: NORTH | 349 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
Safety inspectors watched two Wisconsin laborers install a sewer line in an unprotected, 9-foot trench during a municipal construction job in June. ...Read More
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