If you look forward to going to work every day, oftentimes it’s because of the people you work with. That’s how it was for Josh Paulin. As a valued member of the Classic Construction team, Josh’s special relationship with his employer provided the momentum for his successful return-to-work story. While sealing a roof on the job, Josh fell and nearly lost his life. Josh’s coworkers watched the traumatic accident in devastation as paramedics fought to save him.
When you’re faced with a life-changing event like Josh was, the best outcome is getting back to the life you love. For Josh, getting to that point required learning to walk, talk and read again. Watch Josh’s story and see how Texas Mutual Insurance Company and his employer were by his side every step of the way.
Josh’s story is a perfect example of how valuable a return-to-work initiative is for businesses and injured workers. As a seasoned employee, Josh’s employer was eager to get him back on the team. While continuing rehabilitation, Josh went back to work with modified job duties. He was able to contribute his unique expertise to the company surrounded by coworkers who supported his ongoing recovery. Meanwhile, Josh’s employer had peace of mind over the future of his business.
When a worker sustains life-changing injuries, coming to terms with the new way of life can be a challenge, but a return-to-work program provides countless benefits. Employees can focus on their recovery rather than stress about their financial situation. By being surrounded by team comradery, they avoid isolation from peers and symptoms of depression. Giving injured workers purpose and surrounding them with familiar faces to celebrate recovery milestones promotes quicker healing.
For employers, implementing a return-to-work program maintains production by keeping experienced workers on the job. Bringing on a temporary employee or hiring someone new requires time and effort. Meanwhile, the business loses productivity. Employers who invest in return to work can minimize lost productivity and control workers’ compensation costs, while also encouraging the ongoing recovery of a valued employee.
It was a team effort getting Josh back on the job after his traumatic accident, but it made all the difference. For more resources on return-to-work programs and implementing them in your business, visit the Return-To-Work page at texasmutual.com.
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Tomorrow (April 5th), the Senate Transportation Committee will consider four pieces of legislation related to the Driver Responsibility Program (DRP). Most concerning is SB 90, by Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood). As written, SB 90 would completely eliminate the Driver Responsibility Program, without a replacement source of funding.
Currently, almost 50% of the funds accumulated through the DRP are deposited to the Designated Trauma Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Account (5111), resulting in the largest source of state funding for the trauma system.
It is crucial that any discussion of DRP elimination also include a permanent replacement source of funding for the system. Click Here to contact your Senator to tell them you oppose eliminating the Driver Responsibility Program without replacement funding.
Also, if your Senator is on the Transportation Committee, please consider a phone call to their office today!
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In addition to SB 90, the committee will hear SB 266 by Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin). SB 266 reduces the amount of the DRP fines by 50%, but allocates 99% of the funds received to Account 5111. TETAF will register in support of this bill, as a constructive attempt to modify and improve the program without harming funding for the trauma system.
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