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December 26, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 130

To better understand the workers compensation insurance industry, it's important to be familiar with what's actually happening. Some of the facts may surprise you regarding worker's compensation statistics. The nature of the injuries that are common and how long people are out of work is important information for every party involved- workers, employers, and the insurance industry. Here are several of the most interesting recently collected statistics regarding workers compensation.

· More than 4.1 million people will suffered from an injury in the workplace last year.

· Out of every 100 full time workers, approximately 4 of them will become injured at their places of work.

· Last year, more than 2 million workers were injured severely enough that they had to miss work and receive medical care.

· Mid-size companies have the most injuries. These companies typically employ between 50 and 250 people.

· Very small companies (Less than eleven employees) have the lowest amount of work place injuries.

· The US, 1000 people die from occupational diseases and injury each year.

· Illnesses, injuries, and deaths in the workplace cost society about $155.5 billion each year.

· The vast majority of workplace injuries are completely preventable and avoidable. Only about 4% of the injuries received are due to no fault of the employee( equipment issues and other problems)

· Interestingly, workers who worked in the healthcare sector made up 6.5% percent of injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

· Not surprisingly, construction is the nation's most dangerous place of employment. 15.2 deaths occur per 100,000 workers, caused by car accidents, machine accidents, being stuck by falling objects, electrocution, and falls in general. Construction workers also account for 1 in 5 workplace deaths and 1 in 10 non-fatal workplace injuries and sicknesses.

· People of Latino decent are injured on the job at a surprisingly disproportional rate in America.

· According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the states of Texas, California, and Florida have the most workplace deaths. In Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virgina, the number of workplace deaths increased by over 20% last year. Only seven states- Alabama, Iowa, New Hampshire, New Jersey, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia saw declines of more than 20% in workplace deaths.

Places that need improvement in preventing workers from becoming injured or sick (or even killed) in the workplace are evident, but more encouragingly, there are efforts paying off to lessen the instances of these unfortunate occurrences. Statics like these are invaluable and are a great tool for understanding the workers compensation industry better.

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