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Classification: The Foundation of Workers’ Compensation For the Construction Industry

Posted on March 18th, 2017 by admin@compwork

Whether you’re an insurance professional, an employer or “the person in charge of insurance,” it’s often difficult to get your arms around Workers’ Compensation. It’s complex and fraught with so many “moving parts” you can almost be certain that what you say will be challenged and certainly open to interpretation. While there are several good […]

Lower Job Classifications Mean Lower Premiums

Posted on May 15th, 2016 by admin@compwork

To keep their premiums at the lowest cost each year, it’s not unusual for businesses to seek job classifications with lower ratings. Workers’ Compensation guru, David Leng, explains in his book, Stop Being Frustrated and Overcharged Year After Year by Your Workers’ Compensation Program, this practice can actually backfire. He cites the case of a […]

Legal Corner

Posted on April 19th, 2016 by admin@compwork

ADA Employer requiring wellness program participation prevails over EEOC A federal District Court in Wisconsin has ruled against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and held that a plastic manufacturer’s policy of requiring employees to complete health risk assessments and biometric screenings to be eligible for health coverage does not violate the ADA. The court granted […]

Overexertion Accounts For More Than 25% Of The Top Ten Injury Costs: Liberty Mutual

Posted on April 11th, 2016 by admin@compwork

Produced annually, the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index identifies the leading causes of the most disabling workplace injuries (resulting in six or more days of lost time) and ranks them by total Workers’ Compensation costs. The top five causes that accounted for 65.4% of the total injuries occurring in 2012 (most recent data available) were: […]

Delays In Reporting Claims Can Increase Costs By Over 50%: Study

Posted on May 11th, 2016 by admin@compwork

One of the overarching principles of workers’ comp cost control is early reporting and intervention. About fifteen years ago, a groundbreaking study by the Hartford Financial Services Group found that injuries reported between the 4th and 5th week following an injury are 45% more expensive than those reported in the first week. While the details […]

Eight Costly Communication Mistakes Employers Make

Posted on March 5th, 2016 by admin@compwork

Communication is an essential element in realizing business profitability, and managing workers’ comp costs is no exception. When communication suffers and an employee’s injuries are not properly managed, the experience mod goes up, premiums increase, and profits plummet. The sad part is the mistakes are unnecessary and can be easily avoided with knowledge, planning, and […]

Lawyers Say Workers’ Comp Retaliation Claims Are Increasing

Posted on February 25th, 2016 by admin@compwork

According to an article in Business Insurance (September 14, 2015), injured employees are more likely to win retaliation claims because comp cases have a lower burden of proof and there is empathy for the injured worker. It is not only the termination of an employee that triggers a claim; it could be any employment action […]

How To Avoid A Spike In Slip And Fall Claims During Harsh Winters

Posted on February 21st, 2016 by admin@compwork

Ice and snow-related slip and fall workers’ comp claims nearly doubled and represented one-third of claims involving time away from work last year in the Midwest area, which had a particularly harsh winter. In five Midwest states, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, and Illinois winter-related slips and falls claims averaged 29% of all workers’ comp […]

Why There Are Too Many Slips, Trips, And Falls

Posted on February 18th, 2016 by admin@compwork

Employers have spent a lot of time and money on the traditional solutions to slips, trips, and falls, which occur in almost every type of workplace, yet they still account for: More than 95 million lost work days per year – about 65 percent of all work days lost 15 percent of all accidental deaths […]

Painkillers: Costly For Employers And Deadly For Employees

Posted on February 11th, 2016 by admin@compwork

The National Safety Council’s (NSC) recently issued the report, Prescription Pain Medications: A Fatal Cure for Injured Workers, identifies 15 court cases from 2009 through 2015, where an employer was sued because of the prescribed use of opioids to treat workplace injuries. Many injured workers who were prescribed opioid painkillers have become addicted, suffered additional […]