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CWCI: Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Decline by 9% in 2009

Recent workers' compensation defense posts discussed the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) release of the 2009 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. While this survey identified trends on a national level, noticeably absent was in-depth information regarding the incidence of workplace injuries and illnesses among California employees.

Fortunately, the California Workers' Compensation Institute (CWCI) recently released its own report on this very subject.

The survey, which utilized data supplied by the Division of Labor Statistics and Research, contains some very interesting revelations for employers and employees alike.

Some of the findings of the report include:

  • There were approximately 492,000 workplace injuries and illnesses reported among California's nearly 15 million public and private sector employees. This represented an overall decline of 9.2 percent from 2008.
  • Over half of these 492,000 workplace injuries and illnesses resulted in work restrictions, time away from work or transfers to another position. This represented a decline of 9.8 percent from 2008.
  • There were 4.2 workplace injuries/illnesses for every 100 full-time employees in California. This represented a decline from 2008's 4.4 workplace injuries/illnesses for every 100 full-time employees.
  • There were 2.3 serious and costly workplace injuries/illnesses for every 100 full-time employees in California. This represented a decline from 2008's 2.4 serious and costly workplace injuries/illnesses for every 100 full-time employees.

Interestingly, CWCI also determined that government employees continue to be more predisposed to workplace injuries and illnesses than other groups of employees.

"As usual, work injuries and illnesses were common among local government workers, who account for one out of nine jobs in the state - including occupations such as public safety officers, transit workers and teachers," the report stated.

Stay tuned for further developments from our workers' compensation defense blog ...

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

Related Resources:

Work-Related Injuries Decline in California (Sacramento Business Journal)

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