Texas Nonsubscribers And Responsible Nonsubscription

The Texas Association of Responsible Nonsubscribers or TXANS leads the effort to promote the use of sound and ethical practices relating to injury prevention and the provision of quality workplace injury benefits by non-subscribers to workers' compensation. TXANS provides specialized programs and services to help Texas employers succeed as responsible non-subscribers. TXANS also works to address important public policy objectives so that the freedom to choose injury benefit options can continue for both employers and employees.

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07/30/2014 -- STUDY: WORKPLACE LADDER FALLS A MAJOR CAUSE OF DEATHS, INJURIES
Workplace tumbles off of ladders are a major cause of injury and death among American employees, a new study says.

"Falls remain a leading cause of unintentional injury [deaths] nationwide, and 43 percent of fatal falls in the last decade have involved a ladder," say a team led by Christina Socias of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Overall, "among workers, approximately 20 percent of fall injuries involve ladders," they added.

In the study, Socias and colleagues analyzed U.S. national data for 2011. They found that work-related ladder falls caused 113 deaths, almost 15,500 nonfatal injuries that resulted in at least one day away from work, and about 34,000 nonfatal injuries that were treated in hospital emergency departments.

Workers at greatest risk for ladder fall injuries include men, older employees, Hispanics and those in the fields of construction, extraction (such as mining), installation, maintenance and repair.

"Among construction workers, an estimated 81 percent of fall injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments involve a ladder," the researchers noted.

Most of these injuries could have been prevented, however. Socias and her colleagues urge employers, safety experts and health care professionals to work together to make safe ladder use training available to people both on and off the job.

The authors also called for research into workplace ladder fall prevention, including developing and distributing new technologies to reduce the risk of ladder-related injuries. In the meantime, they said, a few simple steps at the worksite could help prevent ladder falls, including:

Find ways to complete most of the work needed on the ground, without the use of ladders;
Provide workers with alternatives to ladders, such as aerial lifts or supported scaffolds;
Make sure ladders are "thoroughly inspected," have appropriate safety accessories, and are well matched to a worker's weight, task and location;
Provide on-the-job ladder safety training and information.

The study appears in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

01/16/2014 -- HOW IN THE WILD, WILD WEST DID ANGELS START HANDLING EMPLOYEE INJURY CLAIMS?
In a recent article from the USLAW Network attorneys Clint Cox and Todd Estes highlight some differences between the option to provide benefits outside of workers' compensation in Texas and Oklahoma. The authors explain that one of the primary differences is that Texas employers are liable for worker injuries while Oklahoma law shields employers with exclusive remedy language. Accordingly they ask the question, "Does the new Oklahoma law have enough auxiliary precautions to protect employers, protect employees and allow businesses to still make a profit?"

11/13/2013 -- NEW PROPOSED RULE WOULD OPEN EMPLOYER INJURY RECORDS TO PUBLIC INSPECTION
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a proposed rule that will require employers to report injuries through an online database, which will eventually be posted online.

11/05/2013 -- EMPLOYERS MUST COMPLETE TRAINING FOR NEW CHEMICAL LABELING REGS BY DECEMBER 1st
EmployerBrief.com - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently revised its Hazard Communication Standard to be consistent with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

According to OSHA, the reason for the change is to improve safety and health of workers through more effective communications on chemical hazards. Thus, because chemical manufacturers will soon begin to use labels that are compliant with the new standard, employees must be trained to understand the labels.

Employers must complete training for their employees on the new required chemical label elements and the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) by Dec. 1, 2013. The training must be completed in a manner that employees understand. For example, where necessary, employers must accommodate employees with specific communication needs, including employees who speak languages other than English, employees who have limited vocabularies and employees who are illiterate.

The required training must contain 3 topics...

05/06/2013 -- OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR FALLIN SIGNS WORKERS COMP BILL INTO LAW
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin today signed into law Senate Bill 1062, a bill that brings significant changes the workers’ compensation system in Oklahoma. The bill, moves the state from a court-based workers’ compensation system to an administrative system and allows employers to "opt out" if they provide the same forms of benefits as required under the workers' compensation system. Upon signing Govern Fallin stated, "For decades, Oklahoma has had one of the most expensive and inefficient workers’ compensation systems in the country, a constant obstacle for business owners looking to expand operations or create more jobs. “Senate Bill 1062 completely overhauls our flawed workers’ comp system, dramatically reducing the costs to businesses and freeing up private-sector resources that can be invested in jobs rather than lawsuits.

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TXANS News Releases

07/30/2014 -- GOV. PERRY APPOINTS NEW COMMISSIONER OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION
Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Ryan Brannan of Austin as commissioner of Workers' Compensation at the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), effective Aug. 1, 2014, for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015.

06/10/2014 -- TEXAS WORKERS' COMP COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION
Texas commissioner of workers' compensation, Rod Bordelon announced his resignation effective August 1.

04/17/2014 -- TDI APPROVES UPDATE TO TEXAS NONSUBSCRIBER TO WORKERS' COMP STUDY
Texas commissioner of insurance Julia Rathgerber has adopted the FY 2014 Research Agenda for the Workers’ Compensation Research and Evaluation Group at the Texas Department of Insurance.

03/25/2014 -- TXANS ANNOUNCES PROGRAMS FOR 24TH ANNUAL NONSUBSCRIBER CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION
The Texas Association of Responsible Nonsubscribers has announced programs for TXANS 24th Annual Nonsubscriber Conference & Exhibition. TXANS 2014 Nonsubscriber Conference & Exhibition is planned for April 30-May 1, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

03/03/2014 -- REGISTERATION OPENS FOR TXANS 24th NONSUBSCRIBER CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION
TXANS conference is the oldest and most comprehensive event to focus on the needs of employers who operate as nonsubscribers to workers’ compensation in Texas.

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS - NONSUBSCRIBER [21]
LAWS AND REGULATIONS - STATE NONSUBSCRIBER [22]
POSTERS AND FORMS - TEXAS NONSUBSCRIBER [8]
POSTERS & WORKPLACE FORMS - STATE [16]
POSTERS & WORKPLACE FORMS - FEDERAL [10]
LAWS AND REGULATIONS - STATE EMPLOYMENT [14]
SAFETY - PLANS, POLICIES AND CHECKLISTS [21]
LEGISLATIVE - ARTICLES AND REPORTS - NONSUBSCRIBERS [27]
STATE LEGISLATION - NONSUBSCRIBER [26]
SURVEYS & STATISTICS - NONSUBSCRIBER [30]
COURT OPINIONS - STATE NONSUBSCRIBER [127]
COURT OPINIONS - FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT & NONSUBSCRIBER RELATED [28]
LAWS AND REGULATIONS - FEDERAL - NONSUBSCRIBER RELATED [29]
WORKPLACE POLICIES - SAMPLES [23]
WALKING & WORKING SURFACES [14]
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PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT [6]
MACHINE GUARDING [8]
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS & COMMUNICATION [20]
EMERGENCY & DISASTER PLANNING [30]
WORKPLACE VIOLENCE [11]
TRANSPORTATION SAFETY [24]
INFLUENZA [11]
RESPIRATORY PROTECTION & CONFINED SPACES [11]
ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND INVESTIGATION [14]
TOOLS, EQUIPMENT & MATERIAL HANDELING [16]
SAFETY TRAINING [19]
BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS [19]
OSHA GENERAL INDUSTRY STANDARDS [19]
OSHA RECORDKEEPING [8]
WORKPLACE SECURITY [6]
EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ACT (ERISA) [25]
HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY & ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (HIPPA) [7]
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