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Injury Rates Still Dropping Even as Older Workers Take Larger Share of Workforce

Injury rates may be down, but when an injury does occur, it is more likely to turn into a costly developmental claim. Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, discusses the “mega claims” trend in his latest interview with Carrier Management. View the full article here.

How to Approach the Future of Work

Many of us think primarily about technology and automation when considering the future of work, but people will remain a critical component of the equation as well. The workers’ compensation industry will not only be challenged with talent attraction and retention, but it will also have to respond to evolving…

An Open Letter to College Graduates from Mark Wilhelm, CEO

Dear College Graduate, You have earned a college degree – congratulations! The hard work and determination you employed to reach this milestone will serve you well throughout your professional career. When you are choosing a path for your professional life, do not underestimate how interesting and rewarding a career in…

The Rapid Evolution of Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous vehicles are rapidly evolving and each level of automation poses different risks. Tony Hughes, Commercial Auto Product Manager, breaks it all down in his latest article featured on Insurance Thought Leadership. View the full article here.

Mega Claims Show the Value of Workers’ Compensation

The idea of a $10 million workers’ compensation claim would have been shocking just a few years ago. Now, a $40 million claim isn’t all that surprising. So-called ‘mega claims’ are becoming more numerous and more expensive — or, at least, more discussed. But the outcomes associated with them and…

One Big Yawn? Safety Stands at the Intersection of Fatigue, Automation

As machines take on more tasks previously handled by humans, safety experts say the automation of manufacturing processes may be contributing to workplace fatigue. Vik Ramaswamy, M.S., CIH, Risk Control Manager, discussed this trend with Business Insurance. View the full article here.

Workers’ Comp Issues to Watch in 2019

Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, joined forces with Kimberly George, Senior Vice President and Senior Healthcare Adviser at Sedgwick, to identify 20 important workers’ compensation trends that should be on everyone’s radar for 2019. View the full article on Insurance Thought Leadership.

Interview: National Underwriter Excellence in Workers’ Compensation Risk Management Winners

In this video, published on National Underwriter/PC 360’s website, Mark Walls, VP of Communications & Strategic Analysis, and Kimberly George of Sedgwick interview the three winners of the National Underwriter Excellence in Workers’ Compensation Risk Management Award, presented at WCI’s annual conference. View the full interview here.

Successful Safe Patient Handling Programs for First Responders

From a risk management perspective, patient handling injuries to first responders remain a frequent and severe source of loss and expense to public entities. This reality is indicative of the need for cultural changes that will result in first responders consistently using body mechanics and equipment properly; even in the…

Workplace Violence: Assessment & Response

Over 2 million workers are victims of violence every year. In their latest article on WorkersCompensation.com, Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, and Kimberly George, Senior Vice President and Senior Healthcare Adviser at Sedgwick, share tangible tips on how to assess, train and respond to violence in the…

Workforce Wellbeing: Bridging Health and Productivity

Programs that focus equally on the personal health of employees and their professional productivity needs are becoming essential to help companies attract and retain talent. In their latest article, Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, and Kimberly George, Senior Vice President and Senior Healthcare Adviser at Sedgwick, share…

Top OSHA Trends Facing Employers

OSHA is in somewhat of a holding pattern while it awaits a new administrator. Nevertheless, now is not the time for employers to let their guards down. Don Enke, Assistant Vice President Risk Services, discusses what employers learned from the Trump administration’s first year in office and what we could…

Trends Identified in Large Work Comp Losses: A Carrier’s Perspective

High dollar workers’ compensation claims are rare, but they can be extremely costly and have a significant impact on an employer’s workers’ compensation costs. Because self-insured claims data is not reported to agencies like NCCI, Safety National’s data can offer a unique perspective that others cannot provide. Mark Walls, Vice…

Impact of Natural Disasters on Risk Management

The impact of natural disasters goes far beyond property damage. See how disasters can dramatically impact your workforce, supply chain & business operations in this latest article by Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, and Kimberly George, Senior Vice President and Senior Healthcare Adviser at Sedgwick. View the article…

Alternatives to Opioids for Pain Management

In their latest article, Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, and Kimberly George, Senior Vice President and Senior Healthcare Adviser at Sedgwick, argue that the workers’ compensation industry’s drugs-first approach to chronic pain needs to be replaced with a hard look at psychological factors. View the full article here.

2018 Workers’ Comp Issues to Watch

Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, joined forces with Kimberly George, Senior Vice President and Senior Healthcare Adviser at Sedgwick, to identify 20 important workers’ compensation trends that should be on everyone’s radar for 2018. View the full article on Insurance Thought Leadership.  

Holiday Hurry Leads to Workers’ Comp Flurry

The holiday season’s demands on the retail, packing and shipping sectors elevate workers’ compensation risks. Don Enke, Assistant Vice President – Risk Control, spoke with Business Insurance about the risks related to worker fatigue and insufficient training of seasonal workers. View the full article here.

Lives Reclaimed: Understanding the Hurdles Faced by Injured Workers

In this article, published in National Underwriter/PC 360, Mark Walls, VP of Communications & Strategic Analysis, partners with Kimberly George of Sedgwick to highlight three personal stories of injured workers who, with the right care, were empowered to achieve positive outcomes. View the full article here.  

The Myth of Predictive Analytics

In his latest article with WorkCompWire, Mark Walls, Vice President of Communications & Strategic Analysis, addresses the popular topic of predictive analytics in workers’ compensation. He explains that it is not the predictive analytics, themselves, that are going to improve claims outcomes. It is how you use the predictive analytics…

Implementing Medical Marijuana into Workers’ Compensation

The medical marijuana train is coming down the tracks, so to speak. It is time for the workers’ compensation industry to begin fully understanding it, determine guidelines to control it and prepare to implement it into programs. Sherri Hickey, Assistant Vice President of Medical Management, sheds some light as to…

Building a Rock Solid Risk Control Plan

You are now assigned safety and risk management duties for your organization. Now what? Where do you start? Ariel Jenkins, Director – Risk Control, provides an overview in his latest article on PRIMA’s blog. View the full article here.

Demand for Impairment Training High as Employers Prep for Marijuana Law

Employers are requesting marijuana “impairment detection training” as they grapple with balancing anti-discrimination provisions in the recreational marijuana laws with their missions to maintain safe workplaces. Mark Walls, Vice President of Communications & Strategic Analysis, discussed the difficulty this is causing employers in a recent interview with Business Insurance. View the…

Safety National Hosts Medical Marijuana Webinar, Local Carriers Talk Marijuana Policy

Safety National recently hosted a webinar where all panelists agreed that carriers need to get into the habit of anticipating the use of medical marijuana in claims and develop policy around it. The Louisiana Comp Blog featured highlights from the webinar. View the full article here.

Opioids are Just One Pharmaceutical Issue Facing Workers’ Comp Programs

The opioid crisis receives a lot of attention, however, there are other significant pharmaceutical issues in workers’ compensation that have been getting far less attention than opioids. Sherri Hickey, Assistant Vice President – Claims, discusses this issue with WCI in their latest article, “Opioids are Just One Pharmaceutical Issue Facing…