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February 2017 Archives

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Crash risk increases for ailing truck drivers

Virginia big rig drivers may be interested in a study that found that commercial truck drivers who have three or more health ailments are four times more likely than their healthier counterparts to crash. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine and published in the 'Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine" on Jan. 10.

About occupational skin diseases

Virginia employees who routinely work around hazardous materials should be aware that occupational skin diseases may be more prevalent than they think. In fact, they are the second-most common type of workplace ailments. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health estimates that over 13 million workers in the United States may be exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin. Industries in which skin disease may pose a significant risk include health care, food service, cosmetology, construction, auto repair and agriculture.

What 2017 holds for workers' comp law

Workers' compensation could be changing for workers in Virginia and elsewhere in America because of 2016 state and national election results. For instance, some workers' compensation insurance companies may exit the marketplace unless rates are increased. The National Council on Compensation Insurance said that there should be a 20 percent rate increase in the state of Florida. This call came after court rulings changing the law over existing claims.