OSHA

November 13, 2018

Preliminary list of top ten OSHA violations includes eye and face protection for first time

Preliminary list of top ten OSHA violations includes eye and face protection for first time While the preliminary list of the Top 10 violations for Fiscal Year 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018) remains largely unchanged from 2017, there is a newcomer in tenth place. Eye and face protection surpassed electrical – wiring methods, which dropped off the top ten. Also, fall protection – training requirements, which was a newcomer last FY moved up from #9 to #8. Topping the list for the fifth year in a row is fall protection, a general requirements standard, which saw a 19.7% increase in citations from the previous FY. There was a significant increase – 25.4% – in citations related to ladders and a 30.1% increase […]
June 2, 2016

Are Your Work Comp Claims Properly Monitored?

As UNICO continues to be recognized as the workers’ compensation experts dedicated to lowering costs we are amazed at how many companies are not getting any assistance to help them ensure their open workers’ compensation claims are monitored properly. This can have a dramatic impact on how the NCCI experience modification factor is developed. When a workers’ compensation claim is submitted the adjuster will set up a reserve amount which is an estimate of what may be paid out for that claim. That reserve number may change as the claim develops and the adjuster learns more about the status of the injured employee. This reserve will likely be what the ultimate settlement may be which can be inflated. However, there are many cases where communication […]
January 6, 2016

What To Expect From OSHA In 2016

While it is difficult to predict exactly how OSHA will proceed in 2016, there are a number of changes in the regulatory arena as well as new initiatives that are important guides for employers: Significant Increase in Fines For the first time in a quarter of a century, OSHA can increase the maximum penalty amounts it imposes on employers that violate occupational safety and health standards under a provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act signed into law November 2, 2015. The Act requires OSHA to implement the new maximum penalties in two phases: An initial catch-up adjustment; and An ongoing subsequent adjustment period The one-time catch-up will increase penalties to reflect the changes in inflation from 1990 – 2015. Current estimates using October 1990 to […]
December 30, 2015

Current State Of The Work Comp Market: Turbulence

Every year, Stephen Klingel, president and CEO of the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. (NCCI), chooses one word to define the current state of the workers’ compensation industry. This year, that word is Turbulence. It’s a word that does not emote confidence; rather, it conveys turmoil, unrest, and instability. Not comforting for employers. Speaking at NCCI’s 2015 Issues Symposium in May, Mr. Klingel noted: Lost time claims decreased an estimated 2% in 2014, which is a smaller decrease than the 2.9% reported in 2013. “Our industry runs in cycles.Watch for upward pressure on claim frequency from new workers in unfamiliar jobs.” The workers’ compensation sector should prepare for “difficult times” as “workplaces and the workforce evolve.” “We are going to see employee relationships with […]
November 25, 2015

Keys To An Effective Return To Work Program

Return to Work Strategies • Job offers should always be made in writing and should thoroughly describe the offered position to ensure the hire is fit for all duties. • When the job is offered, send a formal job offer package along with the offer letter. Make sure it includes all the benefits the potential employee is eligible for, including return to work policies and procedures, so there is no confusion later. • When developing a temporary assignment for someone returning to work, find useful tasks that are not covered by other areas of the company – the goal is not to take work away from another employee. • Create a written job description and job analysis for all transitional duty jobs. These jobs should match […]