Missouri: Columbia temp agency paid $200K for hurt trash collectors

The temporary worker agency handling trash collection for the city of Columbia, Missouri has ended its contract after paying $200,000 for injuries suffered on the job in the last eight months. Supporters of a change in city trash collection cited the growing cost of workers’ comp claims for permanent city trash collectors. KMIZ (Columbia, Mo.)

Washington program offers hope to Hanford workers

In Washington, a new state program for ailing Hanford nuclear reservation workers may offer hope that they can collect federal workers’ compensation benefits. The program took effect June 7 and already has a dozen claims, according to the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries. Covered illnesses include many types of cancer, respiratory disease, disease […]

Utility worker’s widow files wrongful death suit against employer

The 2016 electrocution of a 44-year-old private utility contractor has resulted in a lawsuit by the man’s widow against the Wilton, Connecticut construction company, alleging that the power line should have been de-energized. Fed-OSHA, which investigated the incident, found that the worker was preparing a worksite for installation of a new utility pole when the […]

Pennsylvania issues opioid prescription guidelines

Citing a study that said Pennsylvania ranked third in the nation in the percentage of injured workers who became long-term opioid users, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration on Monday announced new guidelines for prescribing opioids in workers’ compensation cases. Ellwood City Ledger

New Hampshire bill will allow firefighters to claim workers’ comp for cancer

New Hampshire Gov. Gov. Chris Sununu on July 10 signed into law a bill that will allow firefighters to make workers’ compensation claims for cancer. Those who received physical examinations upon hire and who work for departments with cancer-prevention policies can apply for workers’ comp if they get cancer. WMUR (Manchester, N.H.)