#WCWBlast V8: Navigating Workers’ Compensation for Trucking Companies

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Hey, it’s Jeremy from Ochsner Insurance, and welcome to WCW Blast, your go-to source for Work Comp Wednesday insights. Today, we’re focusing on workers’ compensation for trucking companies and how to manage the associated risks effectively.

Who Needs Workers’ Comp?

Every person, firm, voluntary association, and private corporation with employees needs workers’ comp coverage. This is true in Nevada and most other states. For specific legal advice, consult an attorney specializing in industrial insurance.

Trucking Companies and Workers’ Comp

For trucking companies, workers’ comp is essential. Some of the most common injuries resulting in workers compensation claims in this industry include:

  • Repetitive injuries from prolonged sitting and driving
  • Injuries from getting in and out of vehicles
  • Exposures to Hazardous Substances
  • Injuries from loading and unloading cargo
  • Mental Stress and Fatigue
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These injuries can drive up workers’ comp costs, especially if they occur more frequently than expected.

Experience Mod Analysis

An experience mod analysis is a crucial step in managing workers’ comp costs. Your experience mod, or experience modification factor, affects your insurance premium. Here’s why it matters:

  • It acts as a multiplier on your premium. For example, a mod of 1.25 on a $100,000 premium increases it to $125,000.
  • Conversely, if the mod is below a 1.00, there’s a reduction.  That reduction saves you money!
  • Understanding and managing your experience mod can help you control costs. Consider having a mod audit done to understand your baseline, and minimum mod for potential improvements.

Safety Training and Documentation

Effective safety training and proper documentation are vital. Here are some key points:

  • Safety Training: Implement and document regular safety training for your drivers.
  • Light Duty Return to Work: Consider light-duty options for injured employees, in line with medical guidelines.
  • Accident and Incident Reporting: Have a formal plan for reporting accidents and incidents.

Utilizing Dash Cams

Dash cams can be incredibly useful for:

  • Monitoring driver behavior to ensure they are not distracted
  • Capturing footage of incidents to support claims and improve safety measures


Understanding and managing workers’ compensation is critical for trucking companies. By focusing on your experience mod, implementing robust safety training, and utilizing technology like dash cams, you can mitigate risks and control costs.

Thanks for tuning in to this Work Comp Wednesday. For more insights and assistance, visit Ochsner Insurance. Here’s to your success and safety!

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