Fla. Engineering Firm Fined $54,000 for Workers’ Comp Violation

February 28, 2003

The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation has fined a Port Charlotte engineering firm more than $54,000 for reportedly failing to provide workers’ compensation coverage for its employees.

A workers’ compensation fraud investigator found that Herston Engineering Services, Inc., 20101 Peachland Boulevard, Port Charlotte, allegedly failed to provide workers’ comp insurance coverage for six workers employed at the time of the investigation.

“We will continue to crack down on employers who evade premiums and leave workers unprotected, while also pursuing reforms to improve the affordability and availability of workers’ compensation coverage,” said Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher.

Workers’ comp law in Florida requires construction-related businesses with one or more employees, and nonconstruction-related businesses with four or more employees, to pay compensation or furnish benefits to employees that suffer accidental injury or death arising out of work performed during the scope of employment.

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