The Best Tidbits of News From the Workers Comp Community


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Deciphering Section 28(b) After Andrepont, by Paul B. Howell, Esq.
“In 1822, a sweaty scientist in a dimly-lit room looked at a rock from Egypt and discovered the key to decoding Egyptian hieroglyphics. 175 years later, a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals judge with a cup of coffee inSee FMC Corp. v. Perez, 128 F.3d 908, 31 BRBS 162(CRT) (5th Cir. 1997). Read more.”
Thousands of federal government employees suffer work-related injuries each year, most of whom recover and return to their pre-injury jobs. There are however, a small percentage of employees who are unable to return to return to their pre-injury jobs due to long-term physical restrictions. Although placement with a federal agency is optimal, it is not always possible, especially at a time when government jobs are being eliminated. This leaves a significant number of individuals with transferable skills, unemployed and heading down a path towards a life of unnecessary long-term disability.  Read more…
With more visibility and vulnerability in today’s business landscape due to social media, online commerce and doing business through mobile devices, it only makes sense that there would be more potential risks to a company’s reputation and brand. In fact, now more than ever, executives are attempting to protect their brands from these security threats by being more proactive and looking for blind spots in their risk management program.  Read more…
Austin, TX – Texas recorded a six percent decrease in work-related fatalities in 2011, the second consecutive year of decrease and the lowest level in a decade.  There were 433 fatalities in 2011 compared to the 2010 total of 461 fatalities.  Nationally, there were a preliminary total of 4,609 fatal work injuries in 2011.  Read more…

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Exploding Toilets Injure Two Federal Workers

According to Washington Post reporter Lisa Rein, Sept. 28, the General Services Administration suffered from toilets literally blowing into tiny shards of porcelain, seriously injuring two federal employees.
Rein’s article said, “The toilet explosions became irresistible web fodder for snickering and bad potty humor. … The rare accident, which started in a water tank on the roof of the agency’s capital region headquarters Monday morning, quickly became representative of Washington’s ills — from the bureaucratic response to the venom it released against the government and its employees.”
“How many $1,200 toilet seats has the government bought, and here we have a toilet going boom!” mused Chuck White, vice president of technical and code services for the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association in Rein’s article. “I’m sure people think this is just one more example of our government in action.”
Rein reported the D.C. fire department was called to Seventh and D streets SW at 11:50 a.m. and the crew was told about an injured person on the fourth floor. They were directed to the restroom, where a woman had serious cuts to her leg from “flying debris.” Another toilet on the first floor had exploded within minutes of the first one, injuring another employee using the bathroom at the same time.
Rein wrote GSA spokesman William Marshall Jr. issued a statement Monday describing a “building mechanical incident” that injured at least one employee. He re-issued the statement 24 hours later, with assurances that the toilets were working again. He declined to be interviewed about what caused the explosion, the identities of the workers, their condition or which agency employs them, she said.
Apparently, water in a building as old as the General Services Administration, built between 1930 and 1935, needs to flow at a higher pressure to reach top floors, Rein explained. A storage tank boosts the pressure, using air as a spring to push water through the pipes, she wrote. GSA spokeswoman Emily Barocas explained the tank’s control system malfunctioned, plunging the water level below normal and allowing air to seep into the pipes, where it shouldn’t be because it gets compressed, according to Rein. “The air hit the toilet bowls when they were flushed, and the result was not pretty.”
“You get a geyser,” White said. “A recipe for disaster.” Although the average pressure in a water pipe is about 25 pounds per square inch, the slug of air in the GSA toilets was probably released around 60 pounds, he said in the article.
If you have specific questions about federal workers compensation, contact Managed Care Advisors and mention you read about them from us here at Work Comp Roundup.  

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A New Concept Workers Compensation Speciality Care Program at Mayo Clinic In Florida

Mayo Clinic to Provider Network Added to Provider Network

Heritage Summit HealthCare Inc.  has added Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida to its provider network. The agreement with Heritage is Mayo Clinic’s first with a workers’ compensation-only provider network. Heritage is a subsidiary of Florida’s largest workers’ compensation provider, Summit Consulting Inc.

The Workers’ Compensation Specialty Care Program  at Mayo Clinic is led by Robert Chapa, M.D., a leader in Florida’s workers’ compensation medical community. The program offers an integrated approach to medical care with patients having access to a multidisciplinary team of specialists trained to identify and treat even the most complicated work-related injuries.

In Florida, Heritage (contracting with some 4,500 doctors, hospitals, clinics and ancillary specialty services) operates on a managed-care arrangement for workers’ compensation meaning  employers insured with Summit-managed carriers send their injured workers to medical doctors and facilities within the Heritage network. (workersxzcompxzkit)  Heritage ensures quality care by accepting only medical providers and facilities after they pass an in-depth credentialing process.

Author:  Robert Elliott, J.D.

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