2016 in Review: Workers Comp, Risk Management & More

January 3rd, 2017 by Julie Ferguson


2016 was both a hair-on-fire and a pants-on-fire kind of year – so much so that the Oxford Dictionary chose “post truth” as its Word of the Year. In case you’ve been buried in a crypt this year or on a desert island (and who could blame you?) here’s an explanation of how they arrived at that choice. Strangely, “fake news” didn’t even make their list, but you can read the runners up.  You shouldn’t find much in the way of fake news here in our post today – we’re looking at key workers comp, insurance and related stories for 2016 – along with a few predictions  for the upcoming year.

First, a look back at the news of 2016

Business Insurance: Most popular workers compensation and safety stories of 2016

Business Insurance: The BI Top 10 of 2016

Insurance Journal: Top 12 Insurance Trends and News Stories of 2016: Countdown

SHRM: Top 5 Risk Management Articles for 2016

Safety News Alert: Top workers’ comp cases of 2016 Part 1: The issues and Top workers’ comp cases of 2016 Part 2: Unique circumstances

DOL Blog: Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2016: A Starting Point for Workplace Safety

OSHA: Worker Fatalities Reported to Federal and State OSHA

Safety News Alert: Top 10 OSHA stories of 2016

Paduda: 2016 predictions – how’d I do?

EHS Today: America’s Top 10 Safest Companies Awards

WorkCompWire: Leaders Speak: 2016 Year in Review

Workerscompensation.com CA Dept of Industrial Relations Releases 2016 Legislative Digest With Overview of New Laws

Claims Journal’s Top 10 Legal Articles of 2016

Terms + Conditions: Top 10 Posts of 2016

Fierce Healthcare: 5 notable physician practice headlines in 2016

Heath Affairs: The Most-Shared Health Affairs Articles of 2016

Medgadget’s Best Medical Technologies of 2016

Insurance Journal: Top 10 ‘Most Ridiculous’ Lawsuits of 2016: Chamber of Commerce

Human Resource Executive: Top HR Stories of 2016

HR Morning: Top 10 biggest HR stories of 2016

HR Daily Advisor: Top 20 HR Strange But True Stories for 2016, Part 1 and Part 2

III: Insurance Industry Employment Trends: 1990-2016 

Insurance News Net: ‘Rotten Apples’ Kept Authorities Busy In 2016

PropertyCasualty360: 9 fraudsters join the 2016 Insurance Hall of Shame

Looking ahead to 2017

Is it just us or is the world a little too volatile right now for the usual torrent of predictions for the coming year? Here are a few intrepid folks who step out into the abyss:

Paduda: Whither Workers’ Comp in 2017 — Part I and Part II

Risk & Insurance: 2017 Insurance Executives to Watch

Risk & Insurance: Next-Level Solutions for 2017

Occupational Health & Safety Magazine: Looking Ahead to 2017 Automation Trends and Impacts

LinkedIn: The Freelance Economy: Top Trends to Watch in 2017

CBS News: Tech trends to watch in 2017

Bloomberg: The Pessimist’s Guide to 2017

Of general interest

New Yorker: The Five Biggest Business Stories of 2016

USA Today: Trump, turmoil: The top 10 business stories of 2016

Dave Barry’s Year in Review: 2016 — What the … ?

76 of Donald Trump’s many campaign promises

TSA’s Top 10 Most Unusual Finds: 2016 (Video)

The Atlantic: Second Helpings: 2016’s Underappreciated Science, Tech, and Health Stories

Longreads: Best of 2016: Business & Tech Reporting

New York Times: The Year in Pictures

Google: See what was trending in 2016

Twitter #ThisHappened in 2016