OSHA update: Electronic record keeping, regulatory agenda, combustible dust, noise in construction

Employers can begin submitting electronic data electronically OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application https://www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/index.html is now available allowing employers to electronically enter their required 2016 injury and illness data from Form 300A. The Improve Track of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule went into effect Jan.

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Minor workplace incidents can mean danger is ahead

When workplace injuries are discussed or publicized, it is the serious ones that are front-and-center. They are the ones that cause the most pain in terms of injuries, cost, missed work time, employee morale, lost productivity, and more. If only,

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Employers underestimate impact of change on employees

American adults who have been impacted by change at work are more likely to report chronic work stress, less likely to trust their employer, and more likely to say they plan to leave the organization within the next year compared

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Highlights of the 2017 NCCI Symposium

Each year, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), which gathers data, analyzes industry trends and legislation, and prepares insurance rate and loss cost recommendations, holds an Issues Symposium. The theme for 2017 was “Adapting”. Bill Donnell, president and CEO, noted the

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Ownership Changes and The Experience Mod

When companies contemplate mergers and acquisitions, there are a host of factors to consider. Workers’ comp and risk considerations often take a backseat to the financial, operational, and management, and culture fit considerations. Yet, acquiring or merging with a company

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New Studies and Surveys

Experience, risk-taking major factors in industrial accidents Although industrial accidents have declined sharply over the past 20 years, a recent survey by The Golden Triangle Business Roundtable, a Texas trade association, found “risk-taking” continues to be a factor in deaths

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Containing the Growing Risk of Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Claims

There is little doubt that claims alleging workers’ compensation retaliation are growing and OSHA is cracking down on employers that discourage the reporting of injuries or retaliate against those who do. The story is told in the following examples: Indiana

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Seven Top Workplace Hazards

The National Safety Council (NSC) has released a list of its top seven-workplace hazards. While the list may not surprise employers, workers continue to be injured in accidents that are highly preventable. Here are the seven, along with contributing causes

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Q & A: Experience Modification Factor

While insurance companies now have more tools to determine the pricing of a workers’ comp policy, the Experience Modification Factor (mod) remains a core factor in the pricing determination. The lower the mod, the lower the premium. Perhaps, most importantly,

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Important studies and employee takeaways

Overexertion tops list of serious, nonfatal work injuries for third straight year – Liberty Mutual The 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index uses Liberty Mutual workers’ comp claims data, as well as information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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