July 2011: Workers’ Comp Advisory

Older workers and return to work
Understanding the nature and cause of injuries among older workers, can reduce costs and lost work days…
* Sidebar: Five keys to making return to work successful… Read More.

Employer sponsored sports teams or events: team building or business risk?
While there are many advantages to sponsoring sports teams or events, understanding and taking steps to minimize risk… Read More.

In Workers’ Compensation cases subrogation may be a solution
If there is a third party in the mix when a job-related injury occurs there is the possibility of recouping money and lowering the Experience Mod… Read More.

OSHA Watch

  • Online tool helps employers understand recordables
  • OSHA launches National Emphasis Program for Primary Metal industries
  • New residential fall protection: enforcement phase-in and resources
  • Recent fines
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Case Study

$201,000 Back in the Owner’s Pocket
Capping several related incidents as one “catastrophe” combined with behavior-based safety, accident investigation and aggressive return-to-work programs pays big dividends… Read More.

Legal Corner

  • Salesperson tripped, injured by own dog awarded Workers’ Comp – Oregon
  • Tailor swallows chicken bone during lunch entitled to Workers’ Comp – New York
  • Benefits of a worker who retired early after unsuccessfully returning to work with significant work restrictions are not limited – Tennessee
  • Worker distributing porn eligible for benefits – Utah
  • Wal-Mart employees get class action certified in medical care suit – Colorado
  • Read More.

Things you should know

  • Towers Watson survey shows increase in Workers’ Comp rates
  • NIOSH resource for emergency responders in tornados
  • NIOSH guide: Preventing Worker Deaths from Trench Cave-ins
  • Study: Making doctors aware of cost of regular blood tests reduces costs
  • USCIS launches I-9 Central
  • Read More.

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