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Remote work risks. Proper ergonomics will help remote employees avoid injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, low back and neck strains. Such ailments can quickly become workers’ compensation claims. (Photo: Shutterstock)

As organizations bend to economic headwinds caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, prevention and early detection of potential claims will also be critically important to contain and mitigate balance sheet exposures. First-responders, healthcare workers and “essential” personnel will all be affected by COVID-19, necessarily resulting in significantly greater numbers of workers’ compensation claims.

Shelter-in-place requirements have forced organizations to abandon their traditional offices in favor of ‘home offices.’ Such arrangements may lack appropriate equipment and may cause ergonomic injuries, leading to greater workers’ compensation claims. And as economic pressure forces some organizations to consider furloughs or reduction-in-force (RIF) actions to stay afloat through these troubling times, experience suggests that if handled improperly, such actions will result in further workers’ compensation claims.

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