News Digest 8-8-2019

Quote of the day

“No turnaround is imminent.”

Dave Bellusci, WCIRB actuary

Workers’ Comp Executive



Flash: Here’s the 2020 Rate Filing Numbers

The Bureau’s members just finished voting on the 2020 pure premium rate filing. What are rates going to do in 2020? Get the details here. Workers’ Comp Executive


Being prepared for an active shooter

Many are worried after the most recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio about what they should do if they ever find themselves in an active shooter situation. Dr. Kenneth L. Wolf, who regularly consults workplaces and community centers on active shooting preparation, says that, according the Department of Homeland Security, the best thing you can do during an active shooter event is to run and escape the kill zone. WEMU (Ypsilanti, Mich.)


Maine roofer charged with manslaughter in fatal fall

A 44-year-old Maine home improvement contractor is charged with manslaughter in the death of a 30-year-old man who last December fell to his death from the from the third-story roof of a home while not wearing a safety harness. The state wants to force the contractor, Shawn Purvis, to get workers’ compensation coverage and submit weekly reports about his jobsites, but he contends he should not be required to do so. A key question at trial is expected to be will be whether he was considered an employer and is responsible for the fatality. Times Record



California’s largest recycling chain closes

The largest bottle and can recycling center chain in California closed shop Monday, terminating its entire workforce and creating a massive gap in recycling availability in the state, stating that “operation of these recycling centers and supporting operations is no longer sustainable.” The company has closed 284 sites throughout the state. Sacramento Bee [may require registration]


Pennsylvania officials approve deals to protect businesses from workers’ comp errors

The Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner and the Labor & Industry Secretary say they have implemented agreements with two insurers and the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau to protect businesses from any errors in the filing of loss costs, following an error that had to be corrected at the end of 2018. The revised filing corrected the error as of January 1. So far, about 90 workers compensation insurers writing about $660 million in annual premiums have reimbursed their business customers. Lehigh Valley Business