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Governor Sanford receives workers' compensation report
Benj Buck
December 13, 2005

On Monday, December 12, Governor Mark Sanford received recommendations from his Workers' Compensation Task Force, which was formed this July in response to the National Council on Compensation Insurance's request for compensation premiums to be significantly increased for the third consecutive year.  Lewis Creel, a Human Resources Manager, chairs the committee composed of business people, insurance agents, lawyers, and physicians.


Recommendations from the Workers' Compensation Task Force include:
*  Dissolution of the Second Injury Fund
*  Putting restrictions on repetitive trauma claims
*  Elimination the presumption of total back loss with a 50 percent injury
*  Reversing the Tiller v. National Healthcare case 


Some attorneys raise an eye brow at the task force's approach and findings, questioning the true effects on premium costs.


While the National Council on Compensation Insurance appeals the rejection to increase premiums, Governor Sanford says, "The current trend in workers' compensation premiums is simply not sustainable for South Carolina's businesses, and especially our small businesses." 


Lewis F. Gossett, President and CEO of the S.C. Manufacturers Alliance, appreciates Governor Sanford's action on behalf of South Carolina businesses. "We applaud Governor Sanford's leadership and support for our efforts to reform the workers' compensation system in South Carolina," Gossett says. "The manufacturing sector in this state simply can no longer withstand the dramatic increases it has seen in workers' compensation rates, and unless we enact comprehensive, meaningful reform, South Carolina's competitiveness in the global market could suffer."


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