Monthly Archives: November 2014

In local news:

An explosion at oil and gas operator Fieldwood Energy’s Echo Platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana last Thursday killed one person and injured at least one.

In continuing news:

Former Massey Energy chief Donald Blankenship pleaded not guilty to charges linked to the West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 workers in the worst U.S. coal industry disaster in almost 40 years.

In MSA news:

CMS released a bulletin last week warning providers that the rescheduling of hydrocodone combination drugs could increase the cost of settlements.

In SIF news:

An appellate court in New York has ruled that the members of a failed self-insurance fund could not avoid paying a default judgment to the state Workers’ Compensation Board for the cost of a claim from one of the failed fund’s member employers.

In continuing news:

The widow of one of four workers killed in a Houston-area DuPont chemical plant leak has filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking more than $1 million.

In neighboring news:

Austin-based workers’ compensation insurer, Texas Mutual Insurance Co., recently awarded a dividend of $62,147 to the Texas Construction Supply safety group.

In medical news:

Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent.

In bonus medical news:

Nearly a fifth of patients with type 2 diabetes will not respond to exercise, according to a literature review published online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.