Taking The Headaches Out of Workers’ Compensation

By Larry Hannappel

When a worker gets hurt on the job, employers often must navigate through what can be an overwhelming amount of paperwork.

In 2009, more than 3 million employees in private industry experienced work-related injuries and illnesses, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The process of taking care of an injured employee, filing workers’ compensation claims with insurance companies and continuous monitoring demands countless hours and manpower.

A business’s profit margin and ability to provide quality customer service can really be negatively affected if it’s forced to divert staff away from other tasks to handle these claims, especially in a smaller company.

Temp agencies like Apprentice Personnel can lift that burden off companies by providing fully covered workers for long or short-term assignments. That means businesses have the flexibility to bring in staff throughout the year and not have to worry about added insurance costs or filing headaches.

Money that would have been used for insurance is freed up to build the business instead of being spent on coverage.

It’s crucial that temp agencies place qualified workers in the right jobs to minimize the chances of accidents at the workplace in the first place. Apprentice Personnel conducts in-depth interviews and assesses workers’ strengths to ensure a smooth process.

But if an accident involving a temp employee does occur on the job, the agency immediately steps up and files all workers’ compensation claims, makes sure the employee receives full medical care and conducts multiple follow-ups with all parties involved.

If the worker can return to the job site, the agency works with the employer to make this happen. If not, another skilled worker can be sent over quickly to accomplish the job.

Ultimately, companies are able to focus on achieving their goals and competing more effectively when they turn to a staffing agency capable of recruiting quality staff and assuming the huge cost and time burdens of providing workers’ compensation.

About the Author

Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.

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