News Digest 5-11-2022


House to vote on firemen’s workers’ comp bill

The U.S. House of Representatives has scheduled votes on a long-running bill to end the special personnel policies applying to TSA screeners and a more recently arising one to expand workers’ compensation benefits for federal firemen. HR-2499 provides heart disease, lung disease, and specified cancers are presumed to be caused by employment for purposes of workers’ compensation benefits for federal employees who worked in fire protection activities. FedWeek


New York woman seeks to change workers’ compensation law after death of baby

A Tonawanda, New York woman who was 16 weeks along in her pregnancy, working as an at-home care nurse, when she fell down the stairs of her patient’s home, resulting in the loss of her baby several days after she was born, is pushing to change to state workers’ compensation law. WIVB


New Jersey businessman indicted for failure to have workers’ compensation covearage

New Jersey’s acting attorney general announced Monday that after a joint investigation between the AG’s Office and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, a 71-year-old owner of a landscaping business has been indicted for failing to provide workers’ compensation coverage for an employee who was injured in February 2018 during the course of employment. TAPintoHawthorne


Report: First-year employees account for one-third of injuries

The Connecticut Business & Industry association reports that more than one-third of workplace injuries occur during a worker’s first year on the job, according to a new report from Travelers that analyzed more than 1.5 million workers’ compensation claims over a five-year period. Overexertion and slips, trips and falls were among the most common injury claims for first year injuries. Cuts or punctures, caught-in or caught-between hazards, and motor vehicle accidents each accounted for less than 10 percent of causes, according to the report. CBIA