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February 13, 2004 6:52 AM
Workers' Compensation News - February 13, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 7

 ASBESTOS

New Drug Helps Asbestos-Linked Cancer
First Treatment for Rare Lung Cancer
It's not a cure. But a new drug offers precious extra months of life to people with a rare, asbestos-linked cancer.
The drug, Alimta, from Eli Lilly and Company, today received FDA approval for use in combination with cisplatin chemotherapy. It will be used to treat malignant mesothelioma. It strikes some 2,000 Americans each year, mostly due to asbestos exposure. Worldwide, as many as 15,000 people each year are told they will die of mesothelioma.
http://my.webmd.com/content/article/81/97017.htm?z=1728_00000_1000_nb_02
 
Asbestos costs US companies $70 bln so far -- RAND
Companies have paid out an estimated $70 billion on some 730,000 asbestos personal injury claims, making it the most expensive type of litigation in U.S. history, according to the RAND Institute for Civil Justice.
Reuters
http://www.forbes.com/business/newswire/2004/02/06/rtr1250156.html
 
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X-RAY TECHNOLOGISTS
Researcher 'horrified' by physical stress put on X-ray technologists
A research study out of the University of Alberta has found that the majority of X-ray technologists suffer from "significant and diverse musculoskelatal" problems due to the physical stress and strain of their job. The results of the study are published this month in the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2004-01/uoa-rb012904.php
 
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EMPLOYER FINED $475,00 FOR WORKER DEATHS
"When employees die because employers have not complied with worker safety laws, it's more than just an accident, it's a crime."
So said Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Holtzman as he handed down a $475,000 crminal penalty on Spectrum, a Petaluma, CA, health products company where two workers died in a 2002 industrial accident. Spectrum admitted to willfully violating the law.
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/local/news/05spectrum_a1.html
 
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Workers' Compensation Health Initiative
The Workers' Compensation Health Initiative, a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was begun in October of 1995. Six million dollars was made available to support demonstration and evaluation projects testing innovations in the delivery and financing of the medical care portion of workers' compensation (WC).
http://www.umassmed.edu/workerscomp/
 
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CALIFORNIA
A new push on workers' comp
Governor invites labor, employers, insurers to meet
New efforts are under way to dispel the darkest cloud over California's business climate: the job-killing cost of workers' compensation insurance.
Just last week, the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group said the first thing state lawmakers should do to make California more competitive is reform this ailing insurance system, which is variously estimated to cost about $22 billion in 2004, according one estimate posted online by a leading Republican lawmaker
http://sfgate.com/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/02/08/BUGMD4QTTO1.DTL
 
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CALENDAR
11th Annual DWC (Division of Workers' Compensation) Educational Conference. February 18-19, 2004. Held in the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles, California. March 1-2, 2004. Held in the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel in Oakland, California. Sponsored by: IWCF (International Workers' Compensation Foundation Administrative Services), 25 Lazy Eight Drive, Port Orange, FL 32128 (386/304-1993).
 
Workers' Compensation Certification Program. February 23-27, 2004. Held at the Chaparral Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Sponsored by The Workers' Compensation Center, Michigan State University, School of Labor & Industrial Relations, 207 South Kedzie Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1032 (517/432-2209). Website: www.lir.msu.edu/wcc Additional conferences: March 15-19, 2004 held at the Embassy Suites in Houston, Texas; April 19-23, 2004 held at the EL Marriott in East Lansing, Michigan; May 17-21, 2004 held at the Hyatt on Printers Row in Chicago, Illinois; June 14-18, 2004 held at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan.
 
IAIABC 31st International Workers' Compensation College. March 14-19, 2004. Held at the Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites in Tucson, Arizona. Sponsored by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC). Additional information: IAIABC, 5610 Medical Circle, Suite 24, Madison, WI 53711 (608/663-6355). Website: www.iaiabc.org
 
2004 Annual National Council of Self-Insurers Meeting. May 16-19, 2004. Held at the Don CeSar Beach Resort & Spa in St. Petersburg, Florida. Additional information: Larry Holt, Executive Director, National Council of Self-Insurers, 1253 Springfield Avenue, PMB 345, New Providence, NJ 07974 (908/665-2152). Website: www.natcouncil.com
 
56th Annual SAWCA Convention. June 21-25, 2004. Held at the Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sponsored by: SAWCA (Southern Association of Workers' Compensation Administrators), 25 Lazy Eight Drive, Port Orange, FL 32128 (386/304-1993).
 
Twenty-Fourth Annual National Workers' Compensation and Occupational Medicine Seminar. July 20-22, 2004. Held at the Sheraton Hyannis Resort in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Sponsored by SEAK, Inc., P.O. Box 729, Falmouth, MA 02541 (781-261-9972). Website: www.seak.com
 
2004 American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds (AASCIF) Conference. August 1-4, 2004. Held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additional information: (952/838-4245) or www.aascif.org
 
90th Annual IAIABC Convention. August 5-10, 2004. Held at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in New York City. Sponsored by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC). Additional information: IAIABC (608/663-6355). Website: www.iaiabc.org
 
Healthy Schools Forum
NJ Work Environment Council
Friday, February 20: , Cosponsored by WEC, the Education Law Center and others. (Rutgers University, Livingston Campus Center, New Brunswick.)
http://www.njwec.org/
 
Top Ten Hot Issues in Workers'Compensation - NJ
NJ ICLE Cosponsored by WILG-NJ
Wednesday, April 14:
ICLE, New Brunswick, NJ
http://www.njicle.com
 
NYCOSH’S 25th Anniversary Awards Celebration
Friday, May 14th, 2004 6 - 8:30 P.M.
http://www.nycosh.org/calendar.html
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