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Smell May Constitute Physical Loss Under Policy

The New Hampshire Supreme Court recently held that a persistent odor could constitute a “physical loss” under a homeowner’s insurance policy as long as the smell distinctly and demonstrably changed the condition of the property. The decision represents an important …

Average Medical Payment Per Claim Decreased 5% Following California Regulatory Changes

The average medical payment per claim for treating injured workers decreased by 5 percent in California in 2013, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), which could reflect some early impact of the state’s reform …

Massachusetts Reports 50 Workers Died on the Job in 2014

Fifty workers died from injuries on the job in Massachusetts last year. That’s according to a report released Tuesday by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupation Safety and Health. Transportation workers – including taxi, bus and truck …

Railroad Union Pushes for Tougher Safety Standards on Tracks

Union officials say tougher inspection and maintenance standards for railroad tracks could help prevent dangerous derailments of trains carrying crude oil. While lawmakers and regulators focus on the strength of oil tank cars and volatility of crude oil, officials of …

New York’s MTA to Get $1B Loan for Commuter Rail Safety

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the nation’s largest commuter rail network, is on track to receive a nearly $1 billion federal loan for safety improvements meant to avoid a repeat of a 2013 derailment that killed four people, New York Gov. …

Widow Sentenced to 4 Years for Connecticut Mansion Arson

A widowed mother of two from Florida has been sentenced to four years in prison for burning down her former million-dollar home in Connecticut for the insurance money. The Connecticut Post reports that 39-year-old Amanda Azevedo pleaded with a state …

Hair Hanging Acrobat Accident Leads to Safety Improvements

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, will implement ongoing safety enhancements in aerial acts to protect employees against injuries like those sustained by its aerialists during a May 4, 2014, performance in Providence, Rhode Island. Feld Entertainment Inc., headquartered …

New York Maintains Volunteer Firefighter Membership After Past Declines

More new firefighters are volunteering in New York state after years of declining membership, though companies are still seeking recruits to meet more calls. Fire companies statewide attracted 12,665 new volunteers in 2011 and 2012 amid aggressive recruiting efforts, according …

Inspector General Suggests New York Police Track Lawsuit Data

The inspector general of the New York Police Department is suggesting the NYPD track data on lawsuits filed against officers to improve officer performance and identify trends of police misconduct. The IG issued a report Tuesday. In the past five …

New Jersey Towns to Share $7.5M for Flood Buyouts

Two New Jersey towns will share $7.5 million in federal grants to fund the acquisition and demolition of homes in flood-prone areas. Woodbridge will receive more than $3.8 million to buy and demolish 98 homes and Manville will receive $3.7 …

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