|Four Seasons Earns Lone Star Safety Award
The Division of Workers’ Compensation recognized the Four Seasons Hotel Houston for its exemplary workplace safety program at its Lamar Street location on Friday, August 23, 2019.
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019
|TDI warns drivers: Make sure your auto insurance is legit
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) is warning Texas drivers looking for bargain insurance about a scam that leaves them with no coverage even after they’ve paid for it.
POSTED AUGUST 20, 2019
|Welcome to Flash Flood Alley. Do you have flood insurance?
The Texas Hill Country has had three 100-year floods in the last six years. If you don’t have flood insurance, it’s time to consider it.
POSTED AUGUST 19, 2019
|New state law cracks down on roof scams
A new state law makes it clear that it’s illegal for a contractor or roofer to waive an insurance deductible.
POSTED AUGUST 07, 2019
|State files lawsuit against Aliera Healthcare
The State of Texas has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop Aliera Healthcare from selling health insurance in Texas and engaging in the business of insurance without a state license. The lawsuit also seeks civil penalties. After filing the lawsuit June 13 in the 53rd Civil District Court in Travis County (Cause Number D-1-GN-19-003388), TDI dismissed the administrative action pending with the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
POSTED JULY 19, 2019
|DWC Hosts Regional Workplace Safety Seminar on August 20 in Dallas
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) offers a Regional Safety Seminar on August 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Meadows Conference Center, 2900 Live Oak Street in Dallas. The seminar provides employers and employees affordable training on common causes of preventable workplace injuries and fatalities and on current and upcoming regulations in the occupational safety and health fields.
POSTED JULY 09, 2019
|What you need to know about fireworks
More than 9,000 people went to emergency rooms with fireworks injuries last year and five died, including a Texas man. The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office offers these tips to have fun with fireworks and stay safe.
POSTED JUNE 27, 2019
|New Protections for Injured Employees
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is working on rules to enact new legislation that prevents injured employees from getting surprise medical bills after receiving treatment at federal military facilities.
POSTED JUNE 27, 2019
|DWC Hosts Regional Workplace Safety Seminar on August 8 in Austin
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) offers a Regional Safety Seminar on August 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation, 7551 Metro Center Drive in Austin. The seminar provides employers and employees affordable training on common causes of preventable workplace injuries and fatalities and current and upcoming regulations in the occupational safety and health fields.
POSTED JUNE 19, 2019
|Four Companies Earn Safety Award
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recognized four Texas companies for exemplary workplace safety programs and low rates of work-related injuries and illnesses by renewing their Lone Star Safety Program awards for a second time.
POSTED JUNE 05, 2019
News – Insurance Journal
|45 Mississippi Counties Declared Primary Agriculture Disaster Areas Due to Weather
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has named 45 Mississippi counties primary natural disaster areas because of freezing, flooding, flash flooding and excessive rain. Producers who had losses from those causes since Jan. 15 may be eligible for Farm Service Agency …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 4:56 PM
|Austin Association of Insurance Professionals Supports Schools
The Austin Association of Insurance Professionals made their annual donation of school supplies to Wooten Elementary in August. School supply delivery was handled by AAIP 2019 President Lindsey Burton on Aug. 2. In addition to the supplies donated by members, …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 3:35 PM
|Twister in Iowa Had Winds of 150 MPH, Weather Service Reports
The National Weather Service says the tornado that damaged or destroyed several buildings in rural Warren County was rated at EF3, with peak winds of 150 mph. It touched down near Lacona a little before 6 a.m. Tuesday and ran …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 3:28 PM
|678 Citations in 1st Week of Minnesota’s Hands-Free Law
Minnesota Department of Public Safety officials say officers cited 678 drivers across the state during the first week of the new hands-free cellphone law. The Star Tribune reports that officers handed out 286 citations in Hennepin County, or about 40 …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 3:25 PM
|Fire Station in Texas Latest Recovery From Hurricane Ike
Galveston, Texas has a new main fire station as recovery continues since Hurricane Ike swamped parts of the city in 2008. The Galveston County Daily News reports the $9.6 million Fire Station No. 1 was one of the last large …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 3:24 PM
|Union Pacific Worker In Texas Dies, Pinned Between Tankers
Investigators say a Union Pacific worker has died after being pinned between two railway tanker cars in Southeast Texas. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says 39-year-old Travis Andrepont of Louisiana was killed before dawn Tuesday in Beaumont. Officials didn’t immediately …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 3:22 PM
|Japan’s Tepco to Propose Decommissioning 5 Nuclear Reactors: Media
Tokyo Electric Power will submit to a municipal official on Monday a plan regarding the decommissioning of five reactors at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear station, the world’s biggest atomic plant, Jiji Press said. Japan suffered its worst energy crisis since the …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 3:20 PM
|California Utility Wants Help Paying Wildfire Victims
A troubled California utility company is asking the state Legislature to let it borrow money without paying taxes so it can compensate victims of a devastating wildfire caused by its equipment. Pacific Gas & Electric is facing up to $30 …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 3:09 PM
|Fake Claims, Price Gouging, Bogus Contractors: How Fraudsters Steal Disaster Aid
As the scale and frequency of major disasters escalate, millions of dollars in federal, state and insurance payments intended for recovery efforts are being stolen by fraudsters taking advantage of chaos and the pipeline of aid flowing into the stricken …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 3:01 PM
|Motor Vehicle Accident Fatalities Decline
The four-year upward trend in motor vehicle deaths that began in 2015 is ebbing, with the number of fatalities in the first six months of 2019 dropping 3% compared to the same six-month period in 2018. Preliminary estimates from the …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 1:57 PM