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Post office woes include increasing workers' compensation costs

The United States Postal Service has gone through a lot of change over the past few decades. The federal agency has been losing money on a regular basis, and the costs of workers' compensation claims have been blamed for further strain. This insurance program enables injured employees in North Carolina and elsewhere to make ends meet while they are temporarily disabled.

A recent report outlined some of the reasons why workers' compensation claims may be contributing to the red ink woes for the USPS. In spite of the fact that the USPS has dropped thousands of employees in forced cut-backs, its expenses have continued to rise. A large portion of these costs can be attributed to administrative expenses. Private sector employers pay an estimated $0.73 per work hour for an injured worker. The USPS spends more than a $1 per day for similar benefits.

Two other reasons for the workers' compensation monetary woes are the elimination of light-duty positions that many workers choose in place of being off while they recover. The other is the aging of USPS workers. Many older employees suffer injury easier and they may also require more time to regain their physical health after suffering an injury or illness.

While there may be ways for the USPS to reduce some of its costs, injured workers are entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits whenever they have been injured while on the job. There are many hazards that come with the job of delivering the mail and these men and women put themselves at risk on a regular basis. Likewise, North Carolina workers have earned the right to collect benefits when they are hurt while performing their duties. An employee who has been denied a qualifying claim or encounters other obstacles may obtain assistance to resolve the issue in a timely manner.

Source: federaltimes.com, "Postal Service workers' comp costs rise as headcount falls", Andy Medici, Aug. 20, 2014

Source: federaltimes.com, "Postal Service workers' comp costs rise as headcount falls", Andy Medici, Aug. 20, 2014

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