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State Auditor Finds Industrial Commission Failed To Ensure Injury Compensation

Beth Wood
NC Auditor's Office

North Carolina's auditor says the state's Industrial Commission is failing to guarantee if companies can cover injured workers' compensation claims.

State Auditor Beth Wood set out to evaluate whether the Industrial Commission could effectively comply with state law. 

She found the commission did not measure up in three respects.  Her audit showed the commission lacked  accurate information to determine which businesses were not is step with the law.  In fact, her report said 11,000 businesses canceled coverage that pays injured workers.  Wood's report also discovered the commission didn't ask questions after those lapses occurred and did not enforce all of the penalties against those companies. 

Wood recommends that the Industrial Commission work with Employment Security officials to compile accurate data to track dropped coverage.   The Industrial Commission responded to the audit by saying it is in the process of taking corrective action.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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