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Employers still catching up on updated fall protection rules

Employers continue to struggle with fall prevention and protection more than two years after federal regulators updated workplace safety rules in an effort to reduce fall-related fatalities, experts say. With falls killing more workers than ever in recent years, employers should place a renewed focus on reevaluating and managing the risk, they say. “I think (employers) are still getting the…

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Pharmaceutical costs per claim down nearly a third: WCIRB

Overall workers compensation medical payments have continued to decline, according to the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California’s statewide Workers Compensation Aggregate Medical Payment Trends report, the bureau announced Tuesday. The report compares medical payment information from 2016 to 2018 and also analyzes utilization and cost of opioid prescriptions over time and by region. Medical payments for pharmaceuticals and…

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Worker participation in preventing safety mishaps key: CSB

A lack of effective worker participation in process safety efforts heightens the risk of employee injuries and serious safety incidents, according to a new report by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. Worker participation is an “essential element” to improve process safety and prevent chemical incidents and is required by several existing federal safety regulations, including the U.S….

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Probe Finds Indiana Company Partly Responsible for Employee’s Death

A state agency says a northern Indiana company was partly responsible for the death of a 43-year-old employee who was killed when welding equipment fell from a forklift. The Elkhart Truth reports that the investigation by Indiana’s workplace safety agency revealed that Bravo Trailers in Bristol didn’t ensure that each forklift operator was properly trained and ensure that forklifts only…

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Suits Filed Against Operator of Illinois Medical Equipment Cleaner

Nearly three dozen people have sued the operator of a suburban Chicago medical equipment cleaning plant they claim emits fumes that have adversely affected their health, lawyers for the plaintiffs announced. The 32 lawsuits filed against Sterigenics LLC this week in Cook County seek damages from the company, which operates a plant in Willowbrook. Jeanne Hochhalter is one of those…

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Former Zade Trucking employee allegedly terminated after claiming workers’ compensation

An East St. Louis man alleges he was fired by a local trucking company after being injured on the job in 2018 and receiving workers’ compensation benefits. Roderick Jones filed suit July 31 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Zade Trucking, alleging violations of the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act. “There is a causal connection between [Jones]’ exercise of his…

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