WCRI Recap: Donald Trump and Impact of 2016 Election

WCRI Recap – 3 Part Series

  1. WCRI Recap – Impact of Donald Trump and 2016 Election
  2. WCRI Recap: 3 Factors That Most Impact Worker Outcomes
  3. WCRI Recap: Single Biggest Factor To Turn-Around Opioid Crisis

 

It’s been two weeks and you still haven’t gotten it done, or maybe you have. I don’t really know, but it’s been two weeks since the WCRI Conference recently held in Boston. Just a real friendly reminder. If there were things that you were supposed to follow-up with, conversations you had, business cards you got were sent from someone, or a tasks you were supposed to do, and if you haven’t done it yet, just get that in your calendar today and get that taken care of.

 

I’m Michael Stack with Amaxx, and today I want to give you some highlights and recap from that recent conference from the notes that I took and the perspective that I had on it.

 

A real quick, just personal story. It’s been an exciting couple weeks for me since that conference. My family and I, I think that some people know that we moved up to Kennebunkport, Maine, just last year. We tried to buy a house, and there were all kinds of challenges. The inspection was a challenge. There were all sorts of other things going on, and it just didn’t work out. We had to move into a short-term rental, and we finally closed on our new house just last Friday. We’re super pumped. It was a great, exciting weekend. The kids are pumped. The families pumped, and the kids took the bus from the new house today. When I was trying to look for my suits this morning, and I couldn’t find them so no suit coat today.

 

 

 

Impact of 2016 Election: Senator Tom Coburn & Congressman Henry Waxman

 

 

Let’s talk about this conference. There’s four sessions that I want to cover here. First one was the impact of the 2016 election. There was really two main points that they talked about. The guests were former Senator Tom Coburn who is a republican persuasion and former U.S. House of Representative’s Henry Waxman which was a democratic persuasion, very strong and polarizing opinions. Two main topics that were talked about. I’m going to try to run through this as quickly as I possibly can and summarize it to hit the main points.

 

 

Donald Trump Relationship With Congress

 

I broke it down really into two main topics. It was Trump they talked about, and they talked about the ACA. I know a lot has happened in the last two weeks with the ACA and the Republicans presenting their new plan. I’m not a hugely political guy so I’m not going to talk about really what those recent events are. It’s out of my area of expertise, but I will cover what they talked about at that conference itself.

 

First top thing they talked about was Trump, and there was two things they talked about were really executive orders that he did. He implemented a lot of executive orders after coming into office and then his relationship of Congress. The question really with this executive order is in the biggest … the first point that they hit during that discussion was one of those orders. Whenever a new regulation is implemented, two regulations have to be abolished so one implemented, two abolished. They weren’t sure what that impact would have.

 

Second thing was really this relationship with Congress. I think it’s something everyone in Washington is watching and trying to figure out how this is going to work between the Executive Branch and the Congress. One thing that they did talk about and really there was this fear, and Congressman Waxman talked about this, was there was this fear that Trump was just going to defer to Congress and rather than driving the ship as maybe past presidents have. There was a fear to defer to Congress but then in the same conversation, they talked about really how power … they felt that power, and Senator Coburn was talking about this, how power has shifted too much to the Executive Branch and how these laws are written. There will be these big, thick laws and the Congress men and women are passing these laws. They don’t understand even what every stipulation has to impact, what the impact will be, or even what it is itself. There’ll be a lot of words that will say, well, whatever the Secretary deems appropriates. They felt like too much power was being given to the Executive Branch. That was basically the discussion. It talked about a lot of different political opinions. It was very interesting discussion, but those were the main points regarding Trump and the Congress relationship.

 

 

Affordable Care Act

 

Next, they moved into the ACA. They were talking about this again very political discussion, Senator Coburn with a republican persuasion and Congressman Waxman with a democratic persuasion. There was basically boil it down to two things to keep it as simple as possible. Senator Coburn said, “We need freedom. People need freedom. We need a free marketplace.” He referenced the Amish community a number of different times. He talked about how the Amish buy healthcare, and they buy it for cash. They go in, negotiate the best price with the best providers, and pay a significantly lower price by negotiating up front in a free market type system.

 

Congressman Waxman said, “The safety net is going to be slashed.” He quoted Trump and said, “It’s going to be a disaster.” You know how this ACA discussion goes, very heated, very interesting to hear their perspectives, and a lot has even happened in the last couple weeks since that presentation. That was very political, but didn’t have much impact on work comp during this discussion.

 

 

Federal Government & Workers’ Compensation

 

The meat of the work comp discussion was talking about this Department of Labor report. This report was issued back in October of 2015. There were eight congressmen and women that signed this and said, “We’re worried about work comp, and the amount of benefits that have been reduced, and how it’s taking from SSDI, and we need to have a renewed interest from the Federal Government in work comp.” Very big concern for us in our industry of what that’s going to impact so the question was asked was now that this new administration is in place, is this sentiment or is this fear still the same? It was an almost comical response.

 

They said, “We got a lot going on. Sure, work comp industry, great, we love you guys but you’re just not that important, and we have a lot of other things on our plate in Washington that we really don’t think we’re going to be getting or having any interest in the work comp industry”, so very short and almost comical response to this Department of Labor report and the Federal Government’s potential interest in the work comp industry.

 

Continued…

 

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Author Michael Stack, Principal, COMPClub, Amaxx LLC. He is an expert in workers compensation cost containment systems and helps employers reduce their work comp costs by 20% to 50%.  He works as a consultant to large and mid-market clients, is co-author of Your Ultimate Guide To Mastering Workers Comp Costs, a comprehensive step-by-step manual of cost containment strategies based on hands-on field experience, and is founder of COMPClub, an exclusive member training program on workers compensation cost containment best practices.

 

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Watch Evidence: Hitting Yourself Does Not Equal A Workers Comp Claim

Florida’s Department of Financial Services’ Division of Investigative and Forensic Services (DIFS) recently announced the arrest of Sheyla Veronica White following her attempt to fraudulently collect workers compensation payments following an alleged on-the-job injury.

 

 

Claimed Sprinkle Head Fell From Ceiling and Struck Head

 

White claimed that a sprinkler head fell from the ceiling, bounced off her desk, and struck her in the head. Her employer, Cinque Terre Energy Partners, LLC promptly filed a compensation claim related to the alleged injury. Video surveillance footage later proved a different series of events surrounding the alleged injury.

 

Cinque Terre’s insurance company, AmTrust North America, grew suspicious of White’s claim and referred the incident to the Division of Investigative and Forensic Services for review and possible investigation. As part of their subsequent investigation, DIFS detectives requested video footage from Cinque Terre’s security cameras, which confirmed AmTrust’s suspicions that the claim was fraudulent.

 

The video clearly shows a piece of a sprinkler head falling onto White’s desk, but it does not bounce and strike her in the head as she alleged. Instead, the video shows White picking up the broken item, looking around to ensure she was alone in the room, and then striking herself in the head with the item. Watch video here.

 

 

Arrested and Transported to Jail

 

White was arrested and transported to the Broward County Jail. She faces two counts of workers comp fraud, and faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

 

White was previously arrested in 2010 for stealing students’ personal identification information while working as a teacher at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek.

 

Sheyla White was using the named Sheyla Diaz at that time, and she was sentenced to six months house arrest for that offense.

 

 

Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com.  Contact: kstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 

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How Technology Is Changing Workers’ Compensation And Other News Tidbits

How Technology Is Changing Workers’ Compensation

New technologies are improving workers’ compensation programs in everything from communications and training to health care delivery and claims, according to experts. Tom Ryan, market research leader for Marsh’s Workers Compensation Center of Excellence, speaking during a recent Marsh broadcast, identified several areas of workers’ compensation that can benefit from technology.

 

 

 

Treating Syncope: Helping Your Heart

If heart trouble caused your fainting, treatment may improve blood flow, stop syncope, and help prevent further heart problems. Your healthcare provider can explain the benefits and risks of each treatment. Treating Syncope: Helping Your Heart

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Copays Affordable

As an independent pharmacy benefit manager, we are uniquely and completely aligned with the best interests of our clients and members. Some pharmacy plans require their patients to pay a full copayment for a prescription drug even though a retail pharmacy’s price for the drug may be less costly than their copayment under their pharmacy benefit. And then they require the pharmacy to return the difference between the copay amount and the price for the drug back to them.

 

 

 

NAMSAP Announces Leadership Team and Goals for 2017

The board of directors of the National Alliance for Medicare Set-Aside Professionals has elected the following officers for 2017: “Promoting payer participation in NAMSAP is another high priority” President: Shawn Deane, JD, MEd, MSCC, CMSP – assistant vice president of Product Development of ISO Claims Partners, Vice President: Greg Gitter, CMSP – president of Legacy Claims Solutions, Inc. (a Gitter Company), Treasurer: Rita M. Wilson – CEO of Tower MSA Partners, Secretary: Christine Melancon, RN, CCM, MSCC, CNLCP, CMSP – vice president of Operations for EZ-MSA Services

 

 

Structured Settlements in the Media

When used as part of a comprehensive settlement plan, structured settlements can be invaluable to injury victims and their families and it’s important to find a way to tell our success stories. The guaranteed income replacement, college payments and benefits that cover medical needs help to provide the financial security and peace of mind that is so important to people that have suffered a loss.

 

 

WCRI Conference – See You There – March 2-3, 2017

Close to 400 people will be taking their seats next Thursday for our annual workers’ compensation conference, March 2-3, in Boston, MA.  Should we hold a seat for you?  For those still on the fence, below are three great reasons to attend. #1) Content  #2) Networking: #3) Continuing Education Credit.

 

 

 

 

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Author Michael Stack, Principal, COMPClub, Amaxx LLC. He is an expert in workers compensation cost containment systems and helps employers reduce their work comp costs by 20% to 50%.  He works as a consultant to large and mid-market clients, is co-author of Your Ultimate Guide To Mastering Workers Comp Costs, a comprehensive step-by-step manual of cost containment strategies based on hands-on field experience, and is founder of COMPClub, an exclusive member training program on workers compensation cost containment best practices.

 

Contact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

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Acclaimed Investment Banker Elected to the Ringler Board And Other News Tidbits

Acclaimed Investment Banker Elected to the Ringler Board of Directors

Ringler, the nation’s largest settlement planning company in the nation, is pleased to announce that Peter C. Jachym, a veteran investment banker, strategic advisor and private equity investor in the insurance and asset management sectors, is now a member of the Board of Directors.

 

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Express Scripts CEO: Many drug list prices are still too high

CNBC’s Meg Tirrell speaks with Express Scripts President & CEO Tim Wentworth on pharmacy benefit managers and drug pricing pressure. [Run time 3:28]

 

Watch CNBC Interview

 

 

 

 

Crawford hires COO from Hanover Insurance

Atlanta-based Crawford & Company, a provider of claims management solutions, has appointed Andrew Robinson as its global chief operating officer. In his new role, Robinson will have the responsibility of Crawford’s four business units, including Broadspire, US Services, International Operations, and Garden City Group, alongside information technology on a global basis.

 

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The Difference Between Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine

The mention of workers’ compensation or occupational medicine conjures up images of debilitating injuries and payroll assistance. However, a majority of people believe that these two terms are interchangeable. In fact, there is a difference between workers’ compensation and occupational medicine. While workers’ compensation will help pay your bills, occupational medicine will get an injured employee back to work sooner.

 

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Are We Fulfilling Our Obligations to Injured Workers?

The workers’ compensation system here in the US has existed for more than a century. So how are we doing, after all that time? The US Department of Labor recently posed the question, “Does the Workers’ Compensation System Fulfill Its Obligations to Injured Workers?” They published their findings in an exhaustive report.  It is not flattering. In fact, the report offers what the DOL calls an “alarming” conclusion: “working people are at great risk of falling into poverty as a result of workplace injuries and the failure of state workers’ compensation systems to provide them with adequate benefits.”

 

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Author Michael Stack, Principal, COMPClub, Amaxx LLC. He is an expert in workers compensation cost containment systems and helps employers reduce their work comp costs by 20% to 50%.  He works as a consultant to large and mid-market clients, is co-author of Your Ultimate Guide To Mastering Workers Comp Costs, a comprehensive step-by-step manual of cost containment strategies based on hands-on field experience, and is founder of COMPClub, an exclusive member training program on workers compensation cost containment best practices.

 

Contact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

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British Columbia Officials Warn Employers of Outdoor Worker Risks

With the number of outdoor workers at its peak during the summer, WorkSafeBC and Sun Safety at Work Canada have produced two new videos to call attention to the dangers of sun exposure and to promote preventative health and safety measures. To view the videos go to Sun Safety at Work: Workers and Sun Safety at Work: Employers.

 
Between 2011 and 2015 WorkSafeBC accepted six claims for malignant skin cancer caused by work-related sun exposure. The occupations in which workers are most at risk in B.C. are construction, agriculture, letter carriers, electricians and delivery and courier service drivers.

 

According to CAREX Canada, it is estimated that approximately 1.5 million Canadians are exposed to sun on the job.

 

In 2015, 85,000 Canadians were diagnosed with skin cancer, and the rate is increasing. Sun exposure is the leading cause of skin cancer and can cause other health effects including sunburn, skin damage, cataracts, eye lesions, eye cancer, and heat-related illness.

 

Under B.C.’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, employers of outdoor workers are required to conduct a sun exposure assessment to determine the level of risk to workers, and develop a sun exposure plan to effectively manage the risk, if one is identified.

 

Onus on Businesses to Protect Outdoor Employees

 

Employers can take the following workplace precautions to reduce sun exposure to workers, particularly at this time of year when potential exposure is highest:

 

  • Provide tents and shade structures on machinery and equipment
  • Schedule the hardest physical tasks outside the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when ultraviolet (UV) levels are highest
  • Ensure work and rest cycles are scheduled regularly to allow workers to cool off in a shaded area

 

Outdoor workers can reduce their risk of skin cancer from sun exposure by:

 

  • Wearing sunscreen and reapplying liberally throughout the day
  • Wearing sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, loose-fitting clothing made of cotton or silk
  • Using a brim attachment and neck flap for hard hats, for added sun protection
  • Drinking water frequently throughout the day
  • Taking the Sun Safety at Work questionnaire

 

Sun Safety at Work Canada is enhancing sun safety for Canadian workplaces by raising awareness of the importance of sun safety and helping workplaces implement sun safety programs. The sun is a workplace hazard that can cause skin cancer, heat stress and eye damage. These conditions are preventable. The project is developing a comprehensive suite of resources to help workplaces better protect their employees.

 

The end result of the project is a website with resources and tools that will guide workplaces through the implementation of a sun safety program. Sun Safety at Work Canada is funded through financial support from Health Canada through the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

 

 

 

Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com.  Contact: kstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 

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Australian Employer Convicted, Fined Following Severe Worker Injury

An Ocean Grove, Australia plastering company was recently convicted and fined $25,000 over an incident in which a subcontractor suffered severe spinal injuries after falling from a work platform.

 
Precision Plastering pleaded guilty in the Geelong Magistrates’ Court to one charge of breaching the OHS Act 2004 for failing to ensure the workplace was safe and without risks to health. It was also ordered to pay $5,000 in costs.

 

The conviction follows the recent prosecution of another Ocean Grove based-business, Vand Builders Pty Ltd, over the same incident. Vand Builders was also convicted and fined $25,000.

 
The court heard that in 2015 Precision Plastering Pty Ltd was engaged by Vand Builders to assist in the construction of two adjoining double-storey townhouses at Ocean Grove on the Bellarine Peninsula.

 

On Sept. 8, 2015, more than 40 sheets of plaster were delivered to the site by truck. After the truck became bogged it was decided that the sheets were to be unloaded by two workers on the ground, who would pass them up to two workers on a work platform made of steel scaffolding.

 

The sheets were then to be passed to three workers standing on a second-floor balcony so they could be taken inside. The court was told the platform was about 2.1m above the ground and about 1m from the side of the townhouse. It had no protective guard rails.

 

A subcontractor for Precision Plastering who was to be working on the platform requested some form of fall protection. Vand Builders added a piece of frame to one side of the platform but left the other three sides without protection.

 

After a majority of the plaster sheets had been moved, four of the largest sheets remained, each measuring 1.35m by 4.8m and weighing about 40kg. As one of the sheets was being moved, it snapped and struck the subcontractor pushing him through the gap between the platform and the townhouse. He landed on his head, fracturing his skull and breaking his spine.

 

In his Victim Impact Statement, which was read to the court, the man said he now spent most of his time in a wheelchair and continued to suffer a range of severe medical problems.
WorkSafe’s Acting Executive Director of Health and Safety, Melinda Collinson, said Precision Plastering had failed completely in their duty of care.

 

“There is just no excuse for an incident like this to have occurred in a workplace,” Collinson said. “Falls are a leading cause of serious injury and death on construction sites in Victoria and appropriate safety guarding must be installed when working from heights.

 

“It is not acceptable that even after the subcontractor asked for protective measures to be added to the platform, adequate risk controls were not provided by either Precision Plastering or Vand builders.

 

“The lack of regard for worker safety by both companies has tragically changed this man’s life forever.

 

“Workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility and it is vitally important that hazards are recognized and the risks controlled to prevent a serious injury or worse.”

 

 

 

Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com.  Contact: kstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 

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WCIRB Votes to Authorize Jan. 1 Filing to California Insurance Commissioner

Recently, the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) of California Governing Committee voted to authorize the WCIRB to submit a Jan. 1, 2017 Advisory Pure Premium Rate Filing to the California Insurance Commissioner.

 
The Filing will propose advisory pure premium rates that average $2.26 per $100 of payroll, which is 11.0% less than the corresponding industry average filed pure premium rate of $2.54 as of July 1, 2016, and 2.6% less than the average approved July 1, 2016 advisory pure premium rate of $2.32.

 

This marks the fourth consecutive Filing that the WCIRB has advised a decrease in pure premium rates, totaling -18.6% when compared to the average of the approved Jan. 1, 2015 advisory pure premium rates.

 

In his presentation to the Governing Committee, WCIRB Chief Actuary Dave Bellusci noted that the indicated Jan. 1, 2017 average advisory pure premium rate, while only slightly below the July 1, 2016 average approved pure premium rate, is -7.5% from the average Jan. 1, 2016 pure premium rate.

 

Bellusci also identified some of the factors contributing to the reduced indicated pure premium rate:

 

  • Medical losses on 2014 and prior accident years continue to develop favorably;
  • Medical claim costs on 2015 accidents are emerging at lower than projected levels;
  • Indemnity claims are settling at quicker rates than in the recent past;
  • Forecasts of future wage level growth in California have increased.

 

 

Despite these positive trends, Bellusci acknowledged that post-SB 863 loss adjustment expenses (LAE) and indemnity claim frequency continue to emerge higher than projected, but these increases have been more than offset by the favorable medical loss trends.

 

The CDI will schedule a public hearing to consider the Filing and once the Notice of Proposed Action and Notice of Public Hearing is issued, the WCIRB will post a copy in the Publications and Filings section of the website (www.wcirb.com).

 

 

 

Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com.  Contact: kstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 

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Massachusetts Employer Exposed Employees to Life-Threatening Falls

Dorchester, Massachusetts-based contractor Roof Kings LLC exposed employees to life-threatening falls – more than 45 feet off the ground – over a three-day period as they worked at a Haverhill church, federal workplace safety and health inspectors found.

 

In response to a complaint, the Andover Area Office of the U. S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration began its inspection on Feb. 17, 2016. Inspectors found Roof Kings’ employees working without fall protection atop the steep-pitched roof at 232 Main St. Workers also lacked fall protection as they worked on a lower, sloped roof and on ladders that did not extend at least three feet above landings for required stability.

 

OSHA officials brought the violations – and the need to correct them – to the attention of the company’s site supervisor. On Feb. 18 and 19, they returned to continue the inspection and found the fall hazards ignored and Roof Kings workers still at risk of deadly or disabling falls.

 

“Employees should never have to risk their lives for a paycheck. Roof Kings has no excuse for knowingly and repeatedly failing to provide and ensure required fall protection safeguards,” said Anthony Covello, OSHA’s area director for Essex and Middlesex counties.

 

OSHA found Roof King employees exposed to additional fall hazards stemming from:

 

  • Using a materials hoist improperly as a ladder.
  • Inadequate fall protection training.
  • An unsecured fall protection anchor.
  • A fall protection lanyard that would allow an employee to fall more than 6 feet.
  • An improperly angled extension ladder.
  • Ascent and descent on a ladder while carrying an object that could cause a worker to lose balance.
  • Lack of training on how to use ladders safely.

 

 

Preventable Falls Significant Problem in Construction Industry

 
“Preventable falls account for nearly 40 percent of all deaths in the construction industry, yet this hazard can be readily eliminated with the proper planning, training and equipment,” said Covello. “Roof Kings must take ongoing corrective action to effectively prevent fall hazards before one of its employees is needlessly killed or injured.”

 

The agency also identified the following hazards which put Roof Kings’ employees at risk of:

 

  • Eye and face injuries while using pneumatic nail guns without proper eye protection.
  • Being struck by roofing materials dropped more than 20 feet from the building.
  • Electric shock and burns from ungrounded power tools, an ungrounded electrical outlet and frayed and misused power cords.
  • Exposure to lead contaminants and inadequate training about lead hazards.

 

As a result of its findings, OSHA has cited Roof Kings for three willful, one repeat and nine serious violations of workplace safety standards. Proposed fines for these violations total $124,960. The citations can be viewed here.

 

Roof Kings was given 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

 

 

 

Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com.  Contact: kstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 

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Tower MSA Partnership with American Airlines and PRIUM Yields Legacy Claim Settlements

In a widely acclaimed presentation at the recent 2016 National Workers Compensation and Disability Conference, Jennifer Saddy, Workers’ Compensation Director for American Airlines and Mark Pew, Senior Vice President of PRIUM, detailed the successful cooperation among American, PRIUM and Tower MSA to reduce pharmacy costs, litigation referrals and Medicare Set Aside costs ultimately leading to significant claim settlements.  Tower MSA is grateful to Jennifer and Mark for highlighting how Tower MSA’s Identification, Intervention and Involvement services were a key contribution to the success of this legacy claim reduction program.

 

For more information on American’s program please read the Risk & Insurance article Make a Decision and Move the Needle: American Airlines needed to take aggressive action to resolve 6,000 lingering workers’ compensation claims.

 

 

For more information on Tower MSA’s legacy claim reduction services please contact us at 888.331.4941 or info@towermsa.com.

 

 

Author: Daniel Anders, Tower MSA Partners

 

Missouri Worker Crushed to Death; Employer Fined

A 57-year-old Missouri maintenance worker was crushed fatally by a 4,000 pound machine part while performing maintenance inside of a sand core machine at a Warrensburg aluminum foundry.

 
An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found his employer, Stahl Specialty Company, did not use lockout devices and other machine safety procedures to prevent unintentional movement of the part – known as a ram – while the worker was inside the machine. OSHA cited the company for one repeated and five serious safety violations on July 29, after the agency completed its investigation into the Feb. 15, 2016, death.

 

While investigating the fatality OSHA found Stahl Specialty Company:

 

  • Failed to isolate all sources of energy in or to the equipment.
  • Did not protect employees from unexpected machine movements during maintenance.
  • Lacked machine-specific lockout procedures.
  • Failed to adequately train workers on proper lockout procedures.
  • Failed to coordinate lockout procedures with an outside contractor.
  • Did not correct illegible markings on a crane pendant control box.

 

Proposed penalties total $105,000. View citations here.
Based in Kingsville, Stahl Specialty Company was provided 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

 

 

 

Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com.  Contact: kstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 

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