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Making prevention count: knowing where high cost workers' compensation claims occur.

Authors
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Source
Olympia, WA: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, 64-2-2005, 2005 Aug; :1-11
NIOSHTIC No.
20044130
Abstract
The Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program examined Washington State workers' compensation data to identify the industries at the highest risk for severe and costly workplace injuries and illnesses. The data will help prioritize where to invest prevention resources for the greatest benefit to workers and employers.SHARP reviewed data for over 810,000 claims filed from 1998-2002 in the Washington State workers' compensation system. The direct costs of the claims exceeded $3.9 billion. Just 21 percent were "compensable." Yet those 21 percent compensable claims accounted for 89 percent of the costs and nearly 98 percent of the time-loss days from work."Compensable" generally means the worker received benefits beyond payment of medical bills. These may include partial wage-replacement benefits for being off work four or more days, disability payments, loss of earning potential, the worker being kept on salary or the claimant's death.
Keywords
Workers; Work-environment; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Risk-factors; Preventive-medicine; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Musculoskeletal-system; Neck-injuries; Back-injuries; Extremities; Fall-protection; Motor-vehicles
Contact
SHARP Program, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, PO Box 44330, Olympia, WA 98504-4330
Publication Date
20050801
Document Type
Other
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U01-OH-007292
Source Name
Making prevention count: knowing where high cost workers' compensation claims occur
State
WA
Performing Organization
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
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