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CPWR reports construction worker deaths rose 41% between 2011 and 2019

The number of construction workers killed on the job reached its highest level in at least nine years in 2019, according to a new report from The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR). Using 2011-2019 data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, researchers identified 1,102 construction worker fatalities in 2019 - a 41.1% increase from the initial year of the study period.The increase in fatal injuries was especially pronounced among Hispanic workers, soaring 89.8% over the course of the nine-year period and far outpacing the group's 55% rise in employment over that time.

New survey instrument available from NIOSH to help assess worker well-being

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced a new resource designed to measure worker well-being. The NIOSH Worker Well-Being Questionnaire (WellBQ) is a free survey instrument intended to help employers, workers, practitioners, researchers, and policymakers understand workers' well-being and target interventions to improve worker well-being.

Dermatologicals continue to be comp cost driver

While prescriptions for opioids and compounds continue to decline in workers compensation, dermatologicals, particularly physician-dispensed drugs, continue to be a cost driver, according to the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). Preliminary data from 28 states showed that the payment share of dermatologicals increased from 11% in 2015 to 21% in the first quarter of 2020, while opioids' payment share fell during that same period from 21% to 8%. The popular topical, diclofenac, is approved for treatment of soft tissue injuries of joints, but is often prescribed for treatment not recommended, such as shoulder and back pain. Another cost driver is private-label topicals, which are independently manufactured and not recommended by evidence-based guidelines.

CMS releases new NGHP Section 111 User Guide (Version 6.3)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an updated Section 111 NGHP User Guide (Version 6.3, April 5, 2021) regarding non-group health plans (liability, no-fault and workers' compensation). This updated guide replaces Version 6.2 (January 11, 2021).

New resource on workplace bullying and violence

J.J. Keller produced a new white paper, which covers information on workplace bullying and violence. The free resource aims to provide tools on identifying, preventing and resolving incidents within your organization.

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