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Hurricane Cleanup Will Increase Claims by Inexperienced Workers, Experts Predict

By J. Todd Foster (Reporter)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 902 | 0 | 0 min read

As Texas, Louisiana and Florida draw thousands of out-of-state workers to help with hurricane-recovery efforts, workers’ compensation systems in those states can expect at least a modest spike in injury claims, officials said. The main driver behind the injuries will be employees doing unfamiliar work in hazardous conditions. Aside from the usual post-hurricane hazards of electrocution, roof falls and carbon monoxide poisoning from faulty or poorly ventilated generators, recovery workers also must deal with alligators, snakes and disease-carrying insects, experts said. &ldquo...

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