Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Group Issues Report Cards for State Workers' Comp Performance

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Group Issues Report Cards for State Workers' Comp Performance

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California flunked. So did Puerto Rico, New York, Delaware, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wyoming. They all received failing grades in a new study from the Work Loss Data Institute, an independent database development company focused on workplace safety and health.

The 2004 State Report Cards for Workers' Comp measures incidence rates, cases missing work, median disability durations, delayed recovery rate, and key conditions such as lower back strain and carpal tunnel syndrome in states based on the OSHA recordable posted in 2002 Form 300 and 200 logs.

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Alabama was the "most improved" state in overall ranking, and received an "A." Utah also received an "A," with the report authors saying workers' compensation case outcomes in the state continue to improve. Indiana also has excellent outcomes, especially in minimizing missed work, and received an "A." Minnesota is one of nine states receiving an "A," as were Georgia, Iowa and Virginia.

New Mexico has the unfortunate distinction of being the "biggest decliner" since 2000, when they got a "B+. …

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