Workers’ Compensation Series by ProPublica
A new story was published December 11, 2015 by staff writer Michael Grabell on ProPublica. The story details the measures taken by Tyson Foods over the last 25 years to take the lead in changes in state workers’ compensation systems. The article is extremely detailed, and provides in depth analysis of Tyson’s actions in different states to push workers’ compensation reforms-typically, at the expense of benefits and remedies available to injured workers.
The article can be accessed at the following link: Tyson Foods’ Secret Recipe for Carving Up Workers’ Comp
The new story is part of an ongoing ProPublica investigation titled Insult to Injury: States nationwide are dismantling workers’ compensation, slashing benefits to injured workers and making it more difficult for them to get care. Meanwhile employers are paying the lowest rates for workers’ comp insurance since the 1970s. The Insult to Injury series can be found here.
Michael Grabell covers economic and labor issues for ProPublica. He has produced stories for the New York Times, USA Today, NPR and the CBS Evening News. His investigative work has included stories on the TSA, the Lance Armstrong doping allegations, chemicals stored near schools and neighborhoods, and a bus fire that killed 23 nursing home patients. Michael Grabell has written many stories covering issues relating to reform of state workers’ compensation systems, and the detrimental impacts they have had on the injured workers. His full story archive can be found here.