News Digest 9-4-2019

Quote of the day

“NCCI has no expectation that this trend will change course.

National Council on Compensation Insurance, with respect to its annual proposal with the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation that calls for an average 5.4 percent rate decrease for state employers, effective January 1




Florida businesses could see third straight year of workers’ comp rate decline

Florida’s workers’ compensation rates will decline for the third consecutive year in 2020 if the state’s Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) follows the recommendation of the National Council on Compensation Insurance. KPVI


Ohio officials announce body armor grants will continue

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and other officials including the administrator of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation announced last week $3.5 million in new funding for a program that provides body armor for law enforcement officers. The governor launched the program while serving as the state’s attorney general. Ironton Tribune


Lawsuit filed by witness of coworkers’ deaths

A construction worker who watched two of his colleagues fall 80 feet to their deaths while building an Orlando-area hotel is suing the hotel and others for “gross negligence.” The two men who died were standing on the scaffolding in late August 2018 when it collapsed under the weight of concrete being poured. Miami Herald


Most US prisons are filled with toxic waste

America’s jails are full of such environmental hazards that can compromise the physical and mental health of the people who work and live within them. In Oklahoma, jail staff recently made national headlines when the county sheriff resigned due to poor jail conditions. A growing body of research explains how poor quality of housing, including limited insulation, air pollutants, and building contaminants like raw sewage, negatively impacts mental health. Vice