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Omaha Public Power District Work Compensation Specialist in Omaha, Nebraska

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Summary:

The Work Comp Specialist is responsible for ensuring that OPPD is in compliance with all Nebraska statutes concerning Workers’ Compensation. This position takes necessary steps to mitigate medical, indemnity, legal and lost productivity costs of all injuries. The Work Comp Specialist is responsible for ensuring that all injured employees or dependents receive weekly indemnity payments per Nebraska statutes. The Work Comp Specialist, through or acting as a nurse case manager, coordinates the care of all injured employees. This position is also responsible for assisting the Fitness For Duty (FFD) Coordinator and performing ergonomics assessments.

  • Provide strong communication between all parties; including but not limited to the injured worker, supervisor/manager, nurse case manager, attending physician, third party administrator, attorneys and Payroll Department.

  • Coordinate and approve payment for incurred expenses and provide indemnity payments.

  • Work with the Lead Occupational Health & Work Compensation Specialist to gather estimates of current and future workers compensation claims to OPPD’s Corporate Accounting Division in order to establish adequate reserves quarterly.

  • Coordinate with legal counsel regarding statutes and how they apply to individual cases, whether they should be accepted or denied, and calculation of indemnity payments and settlements to employees and dependents.

  • Work with the Labor Relations Department when injuries adversely affect an individual’s ability to return to his/her job.

  • Work with the Benefits Department when it is determined that an employee cannot return to work and needs to apply for long-term disability.

  • Work with OPPD’s insurance provider on cases that may exceed OPPD’s self-insurance cap.

  • Update a statistical database to provide reports to appropriate leadership.

  • Assist in comparing actual experience to other utilities and established benchmarks as needed.

  • Work with management to meet the responsibility of health, safety, training and accident prevention throughout OPPD.

  • Assist in determining programs to prevent re-occurring injuries based on trends and statistical information.

  • Assist in assuring compliance with organization and government health and safety standards, and provides benchmarks and best practice information to develop or promote wellness and health.

  • Conduct periodic audits/claim reviews quarterly to insure that costs and associated claims are accurate and in compliance with the Nebraska workers' compensation statutes.

  • Make recommendations for needed corrections.

  • Approve third party administrator invoices for all accrued medical expenses.

  • Audit the case manager to ensure that costs associated with the treatment of injured employees are accurate.

  • Assist in work-related accidents and illness investigations as needed .

  • Support Lead Occupational Health and Work Comp Specialist and Director Health & Safety to prepare and administer OPPD’s workers’ compensation budget.

  • Provide on-call support for the OPPD Safety One Call notification system and determine/coordinate FFD testing needs.

  • Provide weekly Safety Department data (Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) rates, Serious Injury or Fatality (SIF) rate and Preventable Vehicle Rates) for specific divisions/departments as requested by Managers/ Supervisors.

  • Act as a backup for all medical monitoring and testing.

  • Support Lead in the completion of all required forms to renew Nebraska Self Insurance Certification by gathering data from various divisions including Corporate Accounting, Risk Management, Corporate Marketing and Communication along with OPPD’s attorneys and OPPD’s third party administrator.

  • Responsible for updating worker’s compensation forms as State of Nebraska rules and regulations change.

  • Coordinate, collect and interpret data from field and office ergonomic assessments performed on employees and their work environments.

  • Consolidate and compare data with relevant current ergonomic research.

  • Develop alternative solutions to identify ergonomic problems and propose practical design solutions specific to the worksite.

  • Assess ergonomic problems throughout the District; present recommendations for correction of cumulative trauma disorders, and request equipment installation within the organization.

  • Present findings to Facilities Services with recommendations for improvements.

  • Provide training and help educate District employees on identifying ergonomic hazards in all work locations and coordinate professional outside services when needed.

  • Continually advance and improve Ergonomics Programs throughout the District while collaborating with other departments.

  • Support the Fitness For Duty Coordinator.

  • Coordinate required Fitness for Duty Random/For Cause Testing as needed.

  • Review Fitness for Duty documentation for FMLA, LOA return to work etc.

    Qualifications

    Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing OR eight (8) years of experience in the health care field

  • Workers’ Compensation experience OR must achieve Worker Compensation certification within two (2) years of accepting position.

  • Must achieve a professional ergonomics certification within two (2) years of accepting position.

  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Must have good analytical skills.

    Desired:

  • Achieve Designated Employee Representative (DER) certification to support drug and alcohol testing program

  • Knowledgeable of the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Statutes.

  • Knowledgeable in Excel, Word, Outlook, PeopleSoft, Asset Suite and Power Point.

    Closing Statement

    Salary - S3 (Foundation $72,042 – Midpoint $90,053)

    Org Marketing Statement

    EOE: Protected Veterans/Disability

    At Omaha Public Power District, we’re passionate about three things: power, the people who make it, and the people who rely on it.

    WE ARE: Where the Light Starts. OPPD is the 12th-largest public power utility in the U.S., serving over 850,000 people across 5,000 square miles and 13 counties.

    WE’RE COMMITTED TO: Each other and the people we serve. This commitment drives us. We’re dedicated to providing our communities with affordable, reliable, and environmentally sensitive energy services today, tomorrow, and well into the future.

    OUR JOB: To provide power with a purpose. We have real impact - on people’s lives, on the environment, and on the future of energy. We’re always looking for bright, capable people who want an opportunity to lead from where you are—wherever you are— and know that your ideas will be heard. If you want to be a source of real, positive change for the community and the people who live in this region, then working for a company acknowledged for caring about these same things is likely a priority for you as well.

    How To Apply

Apply online at www.oppd.com on or before October 19, 2021.

Recruiter: Darlene Brown - dhbrown@oppd.comPLEASE NOTE - Your application has not been submitted unless you have applied for a specific requisition. If you have not chosen a specific opening, your application will remain in 'DRAFT' form and will not be viewed by our Human Capital staff.

OPPD is very aware of the potential risks of COVID-19 and are evaluating all necessary precautions. With that, we are limiting travel and face to face interviews until further notice, so please expect some delays in processing of your application of interest.

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