Remind workers to drive safe during the holiday season

According to a new infographic from Safety and Health magazine, there are more alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities during the holiday period than any other time of year. The infographic utilizes data from the National Safety Council (NSC) and estimates New Year’s Day has the highest average percentage of alcohol-related driving deaths at 42%. Employers may want to remind workers to take it easy this holiday season and encourage employees to never get behind the wheel if they have been drinking. While Continue reading

Court Finds Interest Payable on Death Benefit Award

Third Quarter 2014 Legal Briefs

Stenz v. City of Tucson, Court of Appeals, Division II, Published Opinion, Filed 10/8/2014

In a case that will undoubtedly be appealed to the Arizona Supreme Court and may require legislative correction, the Court of Appeals in Tucson ruled that interest on an award of death benefits is payable from the date the claim was filed rather from when the award for benefits becomes final. The court held that a good-faith dispute over liability does not prevent the award of interest on a claim where it is possible to determine with specificity the amount due to the claimant. This decision represents a major change in the law. Prior to this decision, interest was payable to an injured worker only after an award of benefits became final.

See three previous posts to read all third quarter 2014 workers compensation cases.

Keep training top of mind for employees’ safety

Training is the cornerstone of keeping workers educated about safety. Yet sometimes it isn’t enough to prevent injury or death, according to EHS Today. In one example, an employee who worked for Cintas, a work uniforms company, made a mistake during a routine maintenance procedure and died. Cintas senior director for safety, Rick Gerlach, then proceeded to create a new certification program that would further encourage Cintas maintenance personnel to work hard at creating a safe workplace. Continue reading