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October 2011 Archives

Are haunted houses dangerous ... for the performers?

When we think of the typical settings in which work injuries can occur, images of factories, manufacturing plants, construction sites and traditional offices more than likely spring to mind. However, it's important to keep in mind that workers employed in more unorthodox professions and/or seasonable jobs are equally - if not more susceptible - to serious work injuries.

Can employers reduce work comp costs with an internal health program?

There is no question that an injured employee can present certain financial and logistical concerns for an employer. Outside of perhaps having to deal with workers' compensation defense costs, an employer also faces the prospect of a smaller workforce and decreased productivity.

Cal OSHA: Two workers killed due to toxic gas exposure

It is extremely important for employers to take the necessary measures to protect their employees from serious work injuries. In fact, the failure to maintain a safe working environment can lead to significant repercussions, including an employee's workers' compensation claim, OSHA fines, increased workers' compensation insurance premiums and possibly an employee serious and willful misconduct lawsuit.

NCCI study shows medication costs in work comp cases are rising

Employees who suffered a serious work injury will likely incur a variety of work comp medical expenses, including prescription medication costs. Interestingly, a recent study has revealed that these prescription medication costs are rapidly rising both here in California and across the entire nation.

California employer sentenced for workers' compensation fraud

Under California law, employers are required to maintain workers compensation insurance for all of their employees. In order to determine the insurance premiums, the employer must submit payroll records for all of their employees both to the worker's compensation insurance company. Based on the number and type of employees, along with each individual company's history of injury claims, the insurance carrier will determine the premium.

Fullerton man facing multiple felony charges for work comp fraud

Under California law, there can be no uninsured employers, meaning all employers are legally obligated to provide their employees with workers' compensation insurance coverage. In addition, employers must submit payroll records - including both an accurate number of employees and their respective incomes - to both their workers' compensation insurance company and the Employment Development Department (EDD).

Governor Brown decides fate of several work comp bills over weekend

In workers' compensation defense news, employers and insurers across the state of California are lauding Governor Jerry Brown for vetoing a series of legislative measures over the weekend that they say would have raised work comp costs.

New OSHA/NIOSH guide discusses nail gun safety

If you go to any residential construction site either here in California or across the nation, you will more than likely see workers using nail guns for a variety of tasks from fastening shingles and attaching siding to installing framing. Whatever the purpose a nail gun is ultimately used for, it's extremely important for employers to recognize that despite their utility, nail guns present an elevated risk of serious work injuries.

WCRIB uses new method in calculating work comp rates

In workers' compensation defense news, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones recently explained at a public hearing in Sacramento why his office is working with the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) to change the calculation of the state's workers' compensation pure premium rate.

California employer criminally responsible for "willful conduct"

In our previous post, we discussed ways that California employers can protect themselves from claims of willful and serious violations of safety requirements. In this post, we will describe a case of a California company that was held criminally responsible for a worker's injury.

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