News Digest 10-19-2021


Washington: Virtual public hearing next week on proposed workers’ comp rate increase

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries is proposing a small increase in the average price of workers’ compensation insurance next year, and a virtual public hearing has been set for October 26. The proposed 3.1 percent overall average rate increase is driven by cost-of-living adjustments for pensions, which were triggered by an increase in the state’s average wage. KXRO


Florida: 13 charged in workers comp, unlicensed contractors sting

Thirteen people face charges for workers’ compensation fraud and unlicensed construction contracting, according to the Manatee County, Florida Sheriff’s Office, which conducted a sting operation last week. Patch


Idaho employers to see drop in workers’ comp rates in 2022

Base workers’ compensation insurance rates for Idaho employers will decrease by 7 percent in 2022, largely due to lower claims and utilization of the workers’ comp system in the time period NCCI studied to come up with its 2022 recommendation for Idaho, which included 2018, 2019 and part of 2020. Idaho County Free Press


Family of man who died in Texas trench collapse files lawsuit

The family of the 21-year-old man who died when a trench collapsed on him in April on a project near Corpus Christi, Texas’ Buccaneer Stadium is suing the three companies involved in that project. The lawsuit alleges the employee would have survived if he had been in a trench box. In July, Fed-OSHA assessed a penalty of more nearly $4,100 against the man’s direct employer. KRIS (Corpus Christi)