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Monday, November 19, 2012

Inconsequential

Employees Lives Are Inconsequential
Watching the Denzel Washington movie, Flight, this weekend, the importance of workers' compensation as an economic shield for employers became ever so apparent.

Workers' Compensation benefits were discussed in the boardroom following the loss of life of two members of the crew in a fatal crash. When the owner of the airlines was attempting to evaluate his economic exposure of a plane that crashed at the hands of a pilot who was flying DWI, the lawyers responded emphatically, the economic value of the two dead crew members could not be evaluated in the economic equation since their losses were inconsequential to the airlines as they were covered under workers' compensation.

Economics drives safety. If workers' compensrtion does not economically compensate injured workers and their famiies, then the remedy is inadequate. Loss of life should not be deemed inconsequential.