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West Virginia bill disqualifies intoxicated workers from comp


A West Virginia bill introduced Wednesday would prevent workers determined to have been intoxicated during a workplace injury from collecting workers compensation.

House Bill 2190 would require blood tests be given to workers to determine whether the individual was intoxicated at the time of the workplace injury.

The bill states that workers who refuse to submit to blood tests are disqualified from workers comp benefits.

Any dependents of the workers would also forfeit their ability to collect comp benefits, the bill states.

Blood tests must be given within 12 hours of the occurrence of the injury and before seeing a physician or beginning any medical or substance treatment, since other medication could alter the blood test results.