The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: One Hundred Years Later

On March 25, 1911 six hundred workers were ending their day at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company on the top floors of the 10-story Asch Building located on Washington Square East in Manhattan. Shortly before 4:45 p.m. fire broke out in wooden scrap boxes under the cutting tables. Workers rushed to...

Top Safety Videos Posted On YouTube

Salem, OR (CompNewsNetwork) - A texting and driving accident, an auto shop mishap, and the appearance of “Safety Man” are some of the stories told by finalists of the young worker safety and health video contest. The top 10 videos are now posted on YouTube for voting (click on 2011 video...

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: One Hundred Years Later

On March 25, 1911 six hundred workers were ending their day at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company on the top floors of the 10-story Asch Building located on Washington Square East in Manhattan. Shortly before 4:45 p.m. fire broke out in wooden scrap boxes under the cutting tables. Workers rushed to...

25-Year-Old Construction Worker Receives First Full Face Transplant

A 25-year-old construction worker who lost most of his facial features to electrical burns became the first person in the US to receive a full face transplant. Dallas Wiehs was operating a boom lift in 2008 when it came into contact with an overhead power line. The construction accident cost Wiehs'...

FWCI 66th Annual Workers' Compensation Educational Conference August 21-24, 2011, Orlando, FL

The dates for the Florida Workers' Compensation Institute (FWCI) 66th Annual Workers' Compensation Educational Conference and 23rd Annual Safety & Health Conference have been set for August 21-24, 2011. The conference will be held at The Orlando World Center Marriott, 8701 World Center Drive...

Texas: Performance Based Oversight Committee Update

By Stuart D. Colburn, Esq., Shareholder, Downs Stanford The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is holding stakeholder meetings regarding Performance Based Oversight (PBO). The Division is seeking stakeholder input to add additional measures. Currently, the Division measures carriers on...

Texas: Performance Based Oversight Committee Update

By Stuart D. Colburn, Esq., Shareholder, Downs Stanford The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is holding stakeholder meetings regarding Performance Based Oversight (PBO). The Division is seeking stakeholder input to add additional measures. Currently, the Division measures carriers on four...

Manage Your Workers’ Compensation Program by Advisen and Amaxx Risk Solutions

Book Shows Employers How to Cut Comp Costs by 20% - 50% NEW YORK.—Sept 26, 2011 – Advisen and Amaxx have combined to produce a $159 guidebook to help brokers, consultants, safety & loss control professionals, claims managers and buyers of insurance reduce Workers Compensation costs...

It’s Still the Economy, Stupid: Considering the NCCI Research Brief “Workers’ Compensation Claims Frequency”

By Vernon Sumwalt, Esq. In the NCCI brief “ Workers’ Compensation Claims Frequency ” (August 2011), Jim Davis and Yair Bar-Chaim look at the consequences of the Great Recession of 2007-2009 upon workers’ compensation claims frequency in 2010. To a variable extent, the conclusions...

It’s Still the Economy, Stupid: Considering the NCCI Research Brief “Workers’ Compensation Claims Frequency”

By Vernon Sumwalt, Esq. In the NCCI brief “ Workers’ Compensation Claims Frequency ” (August 2011), Jim Davis and Yair Bar-Chaim look at the consequences of the Great Recession of 2007-2009 upon workers’ compensation claims frequency in 2010. To a variable extent, the conclusions...

Congress Holds Hearing on OSHA Workplace Safety Regulations

Focus on Creating Regulations that Adequately Protect Workers Without Unduly Burdening Struggling Employers By John M. Stahl, Esq. The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections (subcommittee) of the Education and the Workforce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing on October...

Congress Holds Hearing on OSHA Workplace Safety Regulations

Focus on Creating Regulations that Adequately Protect Workers Without Unduly Burdening Struggling Employers By John M. Stahl, Esq. The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections (subcommittee) of the Education and the Workforce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing on October...

Experts Address Pre-loss Control Programs

Panel Shows Benefits of Shifting Focus From Post-Injury Costs to Incident Prevention By John M. Stahl, Esq. An October 11, 2011, webinar entitled “ Injury Prevention & Pre-Loss Controls: A Paradigm Shift in Workers' Compensation, sponsored by Zurich [Insurance]” discussed how...

Experts Address Pre-loss Control Programs

Panel Shows Benefits of Shifting Focus From Post-Injury Costs to Incident Prevention By John M. Stahl, Esq. An October 11, 2011, webinar entitled “ Injury Prevention & Pre-Loss Controls: A Paradigm Shift in Workers' Compensation, sponsored by Zurich [Insurance]” discussed how...

House Committee Blames Regulators and Operator for Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

Better Enforcement and Safety Programs Might Have Saved Lives By John Stahl, Esq. The House Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee) conducted a March 27, 2012, hearing on the 2010 West Virginia mining tragedy at the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine. The Committee concluded that the mine operator...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (4/29/2013)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: Walmart Suppliers Say Retail Giant Squeezes Them to Produce More, No Concern for Worker Safety . Radiation...

Ohio: Intentional Tort Action Against Employer Fails

An Ohio appellate court has affirmed a trial court’s summary judgment decision in favor of an employer in an injured employee’s intentional tort claim, agreeing with the trial court that the employee failed to show the employer intended to cause the employee injury. The employee lost his...

Worker’s Injuries From Cave-In Caused by S&W Misconduct of Employer: Cal. Comp. Cases April Advanced Postings (4/11/2014)

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for the April 2014 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries . © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Joseph R. Scott, Inc., State Compensation...

Federal: Breach of Contract Claim Against Special Employer for Failure to Provide Safe Work Environment Is Barred By Exclusiveness

That an employer referred in its Policies and Procedures Handbook to its commitment to provide a safe and health work place for its employees, that the Handbook also stated that safety rules and safe work practices were “not optional,” and that the employer had gone to great lengths to provide...

Workers Memorial Day: Honoring the Dead as We Fight for the Living

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. 25 Years of Speeches and Bells The key talking points for journalists and speechwriters...

The Aging Workforce: How to Manage Workers’ Comp Costs for the Silver Bunch

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. Here’s the story of an aging workforce that can’t afford to leave their jobs...

Louisiana: $13 Million Intentional Tort Verdict and Judgment Overturned as to Statutory Employer

Reversing a judgment rendered in favor of plaintiffs after an eight-day trial in which the jury in relevant part found a general contractor liable to its statutory employee for an “intentional act,” a Louisiana appellate court ruled that the contractor’s actions in connection with the...

ACOEM Updates Guideline Regarding the Use of Opioids in Safety-Sensitive Jobs

ACOEM tightens guidelines, cautions against the use of opioids in any safety sensitive job, not just motor vehicle driving Much has been written lately on the increased use—both licit and illicit—of opioids. Against this backdrop, concern is mounting over the impact this usage may have...

California: Governor Signs Bill to Protect Temporary Workers

Labor Contracting; Client Liability; Temporary Workers. AB 1897 (Ch. No. __), signed by Governor Brown on Sept. 28, 2014, establishes civil legal responsibility and civil liability of client employers, which obtain workers from third-party labor contractors, for the payment of wages and the failure to...

The False Picture of Contingent and Temporary Workers in the American Workplace

Study argues that lack of coordination in gathering data on contingent and temporary workers has resulted in undercounting and misclassifying of work hazards Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , is a leading commentator...