ATHENS, Pa. — Workers’ compensation insurance is a federally mandated, state regulated program that protects your business if an employee suffers a work-related injury. If your business is covered correctly, workers’ comp coverage will pay for employee’s medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation, retraining, legal costs, and other expenses associated with the injury.
Not all states require workers’ compensation but even if coverage isn’t mandatory in your state, your business is still required to cover the expenses related to the workplace injury. Medical costs and legal fees could get out of control if you’re not covered correctly. Additionally, if your state does require that you carry workers’ compensation insurance and you choose not to, you open yourself up to penalties, fines and stop work orders.
In the agriculture industry, workers’ compensation coverage is an important part of your overall insurance strategy. A recent study by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics notes there were over 17,000 lost time accidents (those injuries where employees missed time from work) recorded in agriculture. Workers’ comp will protect your operation from the potential costs associated with a work-related accident.
The best workers’ compensation programs for agriculture will include additional elements like, focusing only on ag, risk analysis and loss control, safety training, claims management services and more. Take the time, do your research, and find the right workers’ compensation partner.
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