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Tougher U.S. Commercial Insurance Market Conditions Expected in 2012: Marsh

03.30.2012

U.S. commercial insurance rates are expected to climb across many lines of business in 2012, continuing a trend that began in the second half of 2011, according to a comprehensive report published in late January by Marsh.

Substantial catastrophe losses and reduced investment returns prompted many U.S. insurers to seek rate increases in 2011, most notably in the property market, Marsh said in its report, Navigating the Risk and Insurance Landscape: U.S. Insurance Market Report 2012. Property insurance...
03.30.2012

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Texas Approves 13 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers’ Compensation Claims

03.30.2012

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) approved 13 renewals of the Certificates of Authority for companies to self-insure their workers’ compensation claims for a one-year period under the TDI-DWC Self-Insurance Program.

These companies collectively employ approximately 26,500 employees in Texas.
Under Texas law, certain large, private companies can self-insure for workers’ compensation claims, while retaining the protection of the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act for the company and for its employees. To...
03.30.2012

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David Brown Heads Up ACE Risk Management Transportation Sector

03.30.2012

ACE Risk Management has named David Brown to lead its national transportation industry segment, which will deliver customized primary casualty offerings to address the specialized needs of this key industry class. ACE Risk Management, ACE's U.S.-based retail primary casualty division, provides workers' compensation, auto liability and general liability products and services customized for large fleet transportation companies including truckers, bus operators, waste haulers, rental car companies, and manufacturers and distributors.

As vice president, underwriting ...
03.30.2012

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National Poll: Nearly Half of Small Businesses Believe America’s Best Days Are Behind It

03.30.2012

Nearly half (46 percent) of small businesses believe America’s best days are behind it, according to a Small Business Opinion Poll conducted by ORC International and commissioned by workers’ compensation specialist EMPLOYERS. Similarly, small businesses share negative feelings about Washington D.C., with 82 percent agreeing the federal government should get out of their way and 72 percent agreeing federal taxation, regulation and legislation make it harder for small businesses to hire more employees.    Though many small...
03.30.2012

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NICB Reports High Work Comp Claimant Fraud

03.30.2012

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released its 2011 questionable claims (QC) referral reason analysis. The report examines six referral reason categories of claims: property, casualty, commercial, workers’ compensation, vehicle and miscellaneous referred in 2011, with those referred in 2009 and 2010.   

In 2009, there were 84,407 QCs referred to NICB from its member insurance companies. In 2010, that number increased to 91,797. In 2011, that number increased again to 100,450—a record level. This represents a 9.4 percent increase from 2010...
03.30.2012

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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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