Healthy workers’ comp market in Montana
- The Montana State Fund announced a $35 million dividend declaration to more than 24,000 policyholders across Montana.
- MSF is the state’s not-for-profit workers’ compensation insurance company and the largest workers’ compensation insurance company in Montana and insures approximately 24,000 employers
- This is the 25th consecutive year MSF has declared a dividend, totaling $431 million distributed to customers.
- MSF says dividend payments will begin in late October and are expected to be complete by the end of November.
Occupational safety & health group opposes railway sale
- The American Federation of Government Employees Local 3840, the union representing the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health employees in Cincinnati, opposed the sale of the Cincinnati Southern Railway to the private rail company, Norfolk Southern.
- AFGE members at NIOSH, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the Department of Health and Human Services, are responsible for conducting research and making recommendations to prevent work-related injury and illness.
- AFGE also stands in solidarity with their union siblings across 13 different rail workers’ unions who have publicly stated their strong opposition to this sale due to the irresponsible and unsafe practices of private rail corporations.
- “Norfolk Southern managed the train involved in that incident and should not be permitted to purchase the Cincinnati Southern Railway,” said Dr. Micah Niemeier-Walsh, who serves as a NIOSH environmental and industrial hygienist and chief steward of AFGE Local 3840.
Construction worker critically injured in Michigan
- A construction worker is critically hurt after they were pinned under a front-end loader at a Walker, Michigan, construction site.
- The incident happened around 2:20 p.m. in the 4500 block of Richmond Street NW.
- Police said the worker became pinned under the loader, and first responders worked together to get the worker out.
- Medical crews flew the victim to a local hospital for treatment.
VWC Executive Director wins award
- The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Executive Director, Evelyn V. McGill, recently received the 2023 International Collaboration Award, presented by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC).
- This award recognizes McGill’s excellence in promoting collaboration and understanding between international workers’ compensation and social security agencies.
- She was one of eight individuals recognized for their service to the IAIABC and the workers’ compensation industry through their annual President’s Awards.
- The IAIABC honors those who demonstrate commitment and achievement in reducing harm and aiding the recovery of injured workers.