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Stress, burnout raise worker safety concerns

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Longer work hours, higher demands and understaffing have made stress and burnout risk factors for employers, and experts say such mental health issues may be making workplaces less safe. “When there’s pressure for production … and things have to get done because there’s a deadline, people may cut corners on safety,” said Paul Landsbergis, an associate professor in the Department…

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Long COVID present in 6% of comp claims: study

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Six percent of workers with compensation claims for COVID-19 developed long COVID, according to a study released Thursday by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. At an average of 18 months of post-infection experience, these workers received more than 20 weeks of temporary disability benefits and received an average of $29,000 in medical care, 10 times that which was spent on…

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Comp is remedy for family of murdered Arby’s worker: Court

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The mother of an Arby’s worker who was murdered by a coworker at a restaurant in Hickory Hills, Illinois, in 2017 can’t sue the franchisees, as workers compensation is the exclusive remedy, an Illinois appeals court ruled Tuesday. Doreen Price sued Lunan Roberts Inc., Lunan Corp., Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. and Irvin Thomas in connection with the murder of her…

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No evidence overall inflation effected comp medical costs: Report

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While consumer prices for energy, food and housing between 2021 and 2022 saw drastic increases, there’s little evidence such inflationary pressures affected workers compensation medical costs, according to a report released Thursday by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The study identified the main drivers of the workers comp medical cost growth, finding that a major contributor to price increases in…

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Comp claim adjustment application filed timely: Indiana court

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An Indiana appellate court ruled the state’s Worker’s Compensation Board erred in upholding a determination that an injured worker’s petition for additional workers comp benefits was untimely filed. The Indiana Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a board ruling dismissing a claim adjustment application by Angela Santos, who injured her back in December 2019 while working for Franciscan Health, affiliated…

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OSHA cites Illinois grain bin operator after worker engulfment

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited an Illinois grain bin operator after an employee became trapped in a grain elevator for five hours in February. OSHA on Wednesday said it cited Martinsville-based Littlejohn Grain Inc. for violating federal grain-handling safety standards by allowing workers to enter grain bins without appropriate protective equipment such as a safety harness…

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Lawsuit alleges Alton company terminated employee for filing worker’s compensation claim

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A former employee of Hatch & Kirk in Alton claims he was fired in retaliation for seeking worker’s compensation benefits after suffering injuries on the job. Plaintiff William Burton filed the lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against Hatch & Kirk, Inc., citing retaliatory discharge. According to the lawsuit, Burton was formerly employed by Hatch & Kirk as a…

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Illinois Pizza Manufacturer Fined $2.8M After Sanitation Worker’s Death

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The operator of a specialty frozen pizza manufacturing plant in Illinois could have prevented the death of a 29-year-old sanitation worker by following proper machine safety procedures, a federal investigation has found. Inspectors with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration learned the sanitation worker suffered fatal injuries while working on the overnight shift under the supervision…

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Hostess Faces $298K in Fines After Worker’s Fingertip Amputation at Illinois Facility

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A 29-year-old worker suffered the amputation of a fingertip while reassembling a pump at a Hostess Brands LLC facility in Chicago, an injury the employer could have prevented by ensuring to shut down and lockout the equipment to prevent it from unexpectedly starting during maintenance, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found. Inspectors with the department’s Occupational Safety and Health…

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Long COVID continues to plague, puzzle comp industry

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As information about long COVID evolves, workers compensation experts are watching how clinical changes and statistics may impact compensability for workers who continue to struggle with the disease’s effects. Last week, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California released data showing that in 2020 and 2021, comp claims involving treatment for long COVID symptoms were four times more likely…

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