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Louisiana’s Rate of Work-Related Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities Drops in 2010


03.30.2012

In 2010, Louisiana’s private industry rate of work-related injuries and illnesses dropped to the lowest level since the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration revised its record-keeping rules in 2002, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) reported recently.

Louisiana ranked fourth in the nation, tied with New York and Texas in the 2010 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. The recent survey found non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses in Louisiana dropped to 2.7 per 100 full-time workers, down from 2.8 the prior...
03.30.2012

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Texas Supreme Court Bars Negligence Claims

03.30.2012

In late January the Supreme Court of Texas issued an unanimous opinion that bars negligence claims against policyholders. The Port Elevator-Brownsville v. Casados case reversed a previous judgment from the Corpus Christi Court of Appeals and rendered judgment for Port Elevator.

The Supreme Court upheld Texas' main legal tenet that employers cannot, intentionally or unintentionally, split their workforce to leave some employees uninsured. The court's opinion states that a key purpose of the rule against split...
03.30.2012

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National Sleep Foundation Poll Explores Transportation Workers’ Sleep

03.29.2012

The people we trust to take us or our loved ones from place to place struggle with sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) 2012 Sleep in America® poll. It is the first poll to ask transportation professionals, including pilots, train operators,* truck, bus, taxi and limo drivers about their sleep habits and work performance.

The results of the poll are striking. About one-fourth of train operators (26 percent) and pilots (23 percent) admit that sleepiness...
03.29.2012

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NCCI Issues Report on Violence in the Workplace

03.29.2012

There is perception, then there is reality. And the reality of workplace violence is dramatically different from public opinion, according to a survey from the National Council on Compensation Insurance.

The report examines the many aspects of work-related homicides and injuries due to assaults, and extends a series of studies published by NCCI on workplace violence with three years of additional data through 2009.

The study shows that workplace homicides are not crimes of passion committed...
03.29.2012

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Bay Area Business Owner Charged With Work Comp Insurance Fraud

03.29.2012

Frances Ann Doherty, 51, of Millbrae was arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court for 57 felony counts related to payroll theft and workers' compensation insurance premium fraud in late January. Doherty was arrested yesterday afternoon and booked into the San Francisco County jail. Her bail has been set at $750,000.

This arrest is a result of a joint investigation headed by Investigators from the San Francisco County District Attorney's Office and Detectives from the California Department of Insurance (CDI).<...
03.29.2012

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OSHA Posts Respirator Training Videos

03.27.2012

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has posted a series of 17 videos to help workers learn about the proper use of respirators on the job.

These short videos, nine in English and eight in Spanish, provide valuable information to workers in general industry and construction. Topics include OSHA's Respiratory Standard, respirator use, training, fit-testing and detecting counterfeit respirators. The videos are available with closed captioning for streaming or download from OSHA's website.

 OSHA's Safety and...
03.27.2012

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RAND Releases Study of California Prevention Program

03.27.2012

A longstanding California occupational safety program requiring all businesses to eliminate workplace hazards can help prevent injuries to workers, but only if it is adequately enforced, according to a new study, "An Evaluation of the California Injury and Illness Prevention Program," by the RAND Corporation. The study was sponsored by the California Commission for Health, Safety and Workers' Compensation, a public body with management, labor and public representatives located in the state's Department of Industrial Relations.

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03.27.2012

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