News Digest 10-16-2019

Quote of the day

“I am also pleased that this is the first year that all actuaries reviewing this filing agreed, not only that another significant drop in workers’ compensation rates was warranted, but that the filing as submitted to the department needed no changes.”

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro

Delaware Business Now



Delaware sees another workers’ comp rate decline

The Delaware Compensation Rating Bureau last week approved workers’ compensation rate decreases, of an average of 12.75 percent for the residual market and an average of 13.29 percent for the voluntary market, after review by the Department of Insurance’s independent actuaries and the State’s Ratepayer Advocate, and a public hearing. Delaware is the fifth most expensive state for workers’ comp insurance, according to a survey by the state of Oregon. Delaware Business Now


Florida: County accepts $9.9M federal grant to hire 63 more firefighters

Orange County, Florida has received a $9.9 million federal grant to beef up fire protection by adding a fourth firefighter to three-person engine and ladder companies. The 63 new firefighters will be added through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s SAFER grants program. Orlando Sentinel


Custodian says he was exposed to chemicals, fired for workers’ comp claim

A former custodial worker at a Philadelphia facility alleges he was fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim after having a severe reaction to the chemicals he was exposed to in the work area he cleaned. The lawsuit seeks punitive damages of more than $50,000. Pennsylvania Record


Florida roofer charged with fraud

A 59-year-old man is charged with fraud after removing half of a Palm Bay homeowner’s roof, and not finishing the job. Charges include contracting without a license and operating a business without workers’ compensation insurance. Florida Today