Many Cannabis Industry Injuries Reported Among Newest Workers

The first months on any job can be hazardous. That’s true for a lot of industries and was proven once more in an analysis of cannabis industry injuries.

The first few months on the job can be hazardous to your health. That’s true for a lot of industries and, sure enough, was proven once more in a recent Pinnacol Assurance analysis of occupational injury trends in the cannabis industry. Pinnacol found that 38% of all injuries in the cannabis business occurred in the… Read more »

Big Drops Expected in 2019 Colo. Workers’ Compensation Rates

The Colorado Division of Insurance has approved a reduction of an average of 16.7 percent for the “loss costs” and the “rating values” components of workers’ compensation premiums for 2019.

Aviation companies, oil field trucking firms and casinos are among the employers that could see nice-sized drops in their workers’ compensation rates in 2019. Insurers have yet to come out with their own figures, but the Colorado Division of Insurance has approved a reduction of an average of 16.7 percent for the “loss costs” and… Read more »

Case Study: Workers’ Compensation Rates — A Game of Inches

The Challenge: “Football is a game of inches and inches make the champion.” That’s something the great Vince Lombardi used to say and it’s a point with parallels in the workers’ compensation world. To be clear, we’re talking about your experience modification rate, or EMR, a topic that we’ve addressed here in the past but… Read more »

Is Your Safety Program Working?  

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The investigations, finger-pointing and lawsuits arising from the deaths of two construction workers in a scaffolding collapse near Disney World this summer could easily drag on for years. Beyond the immediate horror, if you’re in the construction business, hearing the news from Orlando might have evoked a sense of relief that nothing like that has… Read more »

Are You Covered if Your Nanny Sues for Harassment?

Let’s say you live in Denver and your nanny quits suddenly and files a lawsuit for sexual harassment after your husband purportedly made inappropriate comments to her when they were alone in the house together. Or perhaps your husband is unhappy with the gardener. You fire him (the gardener, not your husband), and he responds… Read more »

Case Study: Getting Your Experience Modification Rate Under Control  

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THE CHALLENGE:  When it comes to workers’ compensation premiums, a company’s experience modification rate, or EMR, is everything. No one wants an e-mod higher than 1.00. An e-mod, as a refresher, is a ratio that expresses actual to expected losses that occur over a (typically) three-year period. In this case, our client – a taxicab… Read more »

Not Winning Construction Bids? It Could be Your E-Mod

Construction companies, especially smaller ones, hate when it happens, but many large projects and government contracts require them to have an experience modification rate, or EMR, of no more than 1.00.

Construction companies, especially smaller ones, hate when it happens, but many large projects and government contracts require them to have an experience modification rate, or EMR, of no more than 1.00. The thinking is that a rating above 1.00 would somehow involve a safety risk, and that the lower the EMR, the safer a company’s… Read more »