Cambridge, MA, Jan. 11, 2024―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that a session on “Excessive Heat and Work-Related Injuries” will be held at its 2024 WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6 in Boston, MA. WCRI Vice President of Research Sebastian Negrusa and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Research Director David Bonauto will be presenting.

“As spells of excessive heat have become more frequent over the last few years, an emerging body of research is pointing to a substantial relationship between excessive heat and the frequency of work-related injuries. This session will provide an overview of recent research, offer the latest insights from WCRI work, and provide opportunities for a discussion of policy implications,” said Ramona Tanabe, president and CEO of WCRI.

WCRI’s two-day program highlights the Institute’s latest research findings while drawing upon the diverse perspectives of highly respected workers’ compensation experts and policymakers from across the country. The following is a sample of the sessions you will find at the conference:

  • Comorbidities and the Functional Recovery of Low Back Patients
  • Impact of Vertical Integration on the Utilization of Care
  • Medical Inflation in Workers’ Compensation
  • Psychological Risk Factors and Functional Recovery

The WCRI conference is a leading workers’ compensation forum for policymakers, employers, labor advocates, insurance executives, health care organizations, claims managers, researchers, and others. Conference participants will leave with new insights, valuable networking contacts, and a better understanding of key issues in today’s competitive environment. A discounted, early-bird conference registration rate and a special conference hotel rate are available for a limited time. Click here to learn more or to register.

About WCRI:

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization based in Cambridge, MA. Organized in late 1983, the Institute does not take positions on the issues it researches; rather, it provides information obtained through studies and data collection efforts, which conform to recognized scientific methods. Objectivity is further ensured through rigorous, unbiased peer review procedures. WCRI’s diverse membership includes employers; insurers; governmental entities; managed care companies; health care providers; insurance regulators; state labor organizations; and state administrative agencies in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.


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