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Bus150 - 16 June Class Notes

Bus150 - 16 June Class Notes - Chapter 16 M anaging...

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Chapter 16: Managing Workplace Safety 16 June 2009 Worker’s Compensation 1. Doctrine of contributory negligence: employers were not liable for an employee’s injuries when that employee’s own negligence contributed to or caused the injury 2. Fellow-servant rule: employers were not responsible for an employee’s injury when the negligence of another employee contributed to or caused the injury 3. Workers’ compensation: the concept is based on the theory that work-related accidents and illnesses are costs of doing business that the employer should pay for and pass on to the consumer o Goals: - Providing prompt, sure, and reasonable medical care to victims and income to both victims and their dependents - Providing “no fault” system in which injured workers can get quick relief without undertaking expensive litigation and suffering court delays - Encouraging employers to invest in safety - Promoting research on workplace safety The Benefits of Workers’ Compensation Total disability benefits: partial replacement of income lost as the result of a work-related total disability Impairment benefits: benefits for temporary or permanent partial disability, based on the degree and duration of the impairment. Injuries are classified as scheduled or nonscheduled. Scheduled injuries are those in which a body part
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