News Digest 11-15-2019

Quote of the day

“Safe workplaces mean fewer accidents and injuries, steady production and lower costs. That’s good for workers, it’s good for a company’s bottom line and it’s good for our economy.”

Stephanie McCloud, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation administrator and CEO



Georgia: County commissioners looking at new workers’ comp package

In Georgia, Grady County commissioners are moving forward with a new workers’ compensation insurance company that is expected to save the county a minimum of $20,000. The commissioners voted unanimously to notify Association County Commissioners of Georgia of their plans to move ahead with Southern Insurance, though they have yet to select a particular plan. Thomasville Times-Enterprise


Family hires lawyer to probe explosion that killed Maine fire captain

The family of a Farmington, Maine fire captain who died following a September explosion attributed to possibly 400 gallons of leaking propane line under a paved parking lot has retained counsel. The cause of the leak has not been released. The Maine Department of Labor is looking into the fire department, as well. Bangor Daily News


Supplier of employees to fish houses owes $9M in Massachusetts taxes

The owner of a Brockton, Massachusetts employment agency, who was convicted of massive payroll-tax fraud more than a decade ago, owes $6.2 million in individual state taxes, plus $3.2 million from his employment. He and his wife were convicted of paying employees they supplied to New Bedford fish houses under the table and underreporting their payroll to the Internal Revenue Service and workers’ compensation carriers. South Coast Today


Ohio BWC admin touts $1.5 billion dividend in Pandora

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation administrator Stephanie McCloud on Thursday discussed the agency’s safety programs and recent $1.5 billion dividend for Ohio’s private and public employers with Pandora employers. LimaOhio