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Semi-Truck Strikes Crane Resulting in Highway Construction Tragedy

Semi-Truck Strikes Crane Resulting in Highway Construction Tragedy

A road construction worker was tragically killed on I-94 in Michigan on Aug. 27 after a semi-truck struck the crane that the worker was operating. According to Michigan State Police, the worker was completing bridgework on an overpass near Paw Paw and had attempted to jump from the equipment before it was hit by the semi-truck. The worker died at…

Workers Injured as Metal Beams Fall ‘Like Dominoes’ at Construction Site

Workers Injured as Metal Beams Fall ‘Like Dominoes’ at Construction Site

Two workers narrowly avoided serious injuries after being thrown from horizontal metal beams at a construction site on the Boston University campus May 14. The accident happened when a steel column fell to the side, causing the adjacent beams to topple “like dominoes” and partially collapse the steel frame of what is slated to become a 13-story data sciences building…

Ask the Expert Q&A: Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Ask the Expert Q&A: Workers’ Compensation Insurance

The past year has brought numerous changes to work sites around the world, however some of the most common risks remain the same. To learn more about workplace hazards and Workers’ Compensation Insurance, we spoke with Justin Dorman, National Product Manager, Workers\' Compensation, Burns & Wilcox, Charleston, South Carolina. What are some of the greatest risks in the workplace today?…

Company Fined Over $234,000 After Worker’s ‘Preventable’ Injury in Water Test Pit

Company Fined Over $234,000 After Worker’s ‘Preventable’ Injury in Water Test Pit

Xylem Inc. was recently fined $234,054 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after a 2020 incident in which a worker was hurt while lowering himself into a water test pit. The injury reportedly took place at the water technology company’s location in Pewaukee, Wisconsin when a guardrail loosened as the worker entered the almost…

90% Spike in Pediatric COVID-19 Cases as Schools Begin to Reopen

90% Spike in Pediatric COVID-19 Cases as Schools Begin to Reopen

A Georgia high school that made headlines for its packed hallways and unmasked students announced Aug. 9 that it would close for at least two days after it identified nine cases of COVID-19. Six students and three staff members tested positive for the virus after the first week of in-person instruction at the school, one of the first to reopen…

Workers Comp & COVID-19: An Evolving Market

Workers Comp & COVID-19: An Evolving Market

Presented by: Justin Dorman, National Product Manager, Workers\' Compensation During this webinar, we discussed: Various actions taken by states related to Workers Comp Importance of reevaluating risk mitigation policies to enhance employee safety Long-term effects of the pandemic on Workers Compensation policies and pricing https://vimeo.com/439036497/ba070b8cf2

Reopened Businesses Contend with Mask Mandates, Liability Waivers and New Risks

Reopened Businesses Contend with Mask Mandates, Liability Waivers and New Risks

On June 20 an Orange County, Florida Walmart employee was assaulted by a customer who refused to wear a mask despite a county-wide executive order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. It is one of many disputes that have erupted in recent weeks over mask mandates from various state and local governments as well as individual businesses. The potential…

Expansion of Workers’ Compensation Benefits for COVID-19 Sparks Concerns

Expansion of Workers’ Compensation Benefits for COVID-19 Sparks Concerns

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s May 6 executive order expanded Workers\' Compensation benefits to employees who test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of performing a labor or service at work. Critics of Newsom’s order, including concerned business owners and the California Chamber of Commerce, argue that it could drive up costs for businesses already struggling to stay afloat during the…

St. Patrick’s Day Drinking Poses Big Risks to Patrons and Businesses Alike

St. Patrick’s Day Drinking Poses Big Risks to Patrons and Businesses Alike

While everyone is Irish on March 17, nearly 40 million residents in the U.S. and more than 4 million in Canada actually claim Irish heritage. These Irish descendants, actual and adopted, make St. Patrick’s Day a highly profitable occasion for bars and restaurants. The holiday’s popularity is rising, according to the National Retail Federation: Americans spent nearly $6 billion last…

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