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Seventy Citations Issued in Sweep for Workers’ Comp Insurance

Nearly one in 10 companies contacted this week by Florida investigators failed to carry the required workers compensation insurance, the states chief financial officer announced Friday.

Investigators with the Department of Financial Services Division of Workers Compensation Bureau of Compliance and Division of Insurance Fraud made random visits to 375 construction sites, contacting 770 employers during a two-day sweep.

The result of the sweep was 70 citations being issued to construction companies and other businesses, which requires each business to cease all operations until the employer obtains coverage for its employees, the office for Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater stated in a release.

Five of the employers were found working in violation of an already issued stop work order.

The goal of this sweep was to ensure the safety of Floridas workforce, especially in the construction industry, where workers encounter potentially dangerous situations daily, Atwater stated in the release.

Construction companies that dont carry the required workers comp coverage put their employees at great risk and, through gaming the system, are able to outbid responsible companies that play by the rules.

Under state law, businesses engaged in the construction industry are required to obtain workers compensation coverage when they employ one or more employees, including the owner.

Businesses engaged in the nonconstruction industry are required to obtain workers compensation coverage when they employ four or more employees, excluding business owners, who are exempt.

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