Report: Meat processing most dangerous job in US

A new report compiled by the National Employment Law Project, relying on Fed-OSHA data, shows that employees in the animal processing industry are up to twice as likely to be injured on the job than in other industries, including construction, making it one of the country’s most dangerous jobs. Last year, a separate study conducted […]

Pinnacol exec says Obamacare has impacted workers’ comp claims

“The extent of the connection between the ACA’s coverage expansions and declining workers’ comp claims and costs is up for debate. But the association is undeniable,” writes Phil Kalin, president and CEO of Pinnacol Assurance, which provides workers’ compensation coverage to around 60 percent of Colorado businesses. Greeley Tribune

OFF-TOPIC: California may end ban on communists in government jobs

Being a communist would no longer be a fireable offense for California government employees under a bill passed Monday by the state Assembly; however, they could still be fired for being members of organizations they know advocate for overthrowing the government by force or violence. Sacramento Bee

Texas mortuary employee sues for wrongful termination

A former employee of a Fort Worth, Texas mortuary has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit, alleging that he was fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim for post-traumatic stress following his handling of the bodies of a woman and a toddler who were brutally killed. He also alleges that he was injured after handling the […]

5 key notes on spinal fusion for workers’ comp patients

A new study published in Spine examines workers’ comp patients who undergo multilevel cervical fusion. The study authors examined data on cervical comorbidities from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation for work-related injuries, including people who underwent multilevel cervical fusion. Here’s what the study found. Becker’s Spine Review

New Jersey: Paterson cracks down on fraudulent claims

In an effort to significantly cut its workers’ compensation bill this year, Paterson, New Jersey officials are stepping up denials of fraudulent workers’ compensation claims. Last year, city taxpayers spent $6.6 million on workers’ comp, more than three times what was spent on municipal recreation programs, according to public records. NorthJersey