The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) recently reported that Texas has entered its third straight year of declining jobsite injuries and illness.
Statistics show there were 213,507 total cases of nonfatal injuries and illnesses in 2009, which occurred during the workday. Of those, 60,240 occurred at private industry employers. According to Insurance Journal this is a 6.9% decrease from the 64,700 private industry cases reported in 2008 and the 69,320 nonfatal injuries and illnesses reported in 2007.
The survey also revealed that there were roughly 81 injuries and illnesses per 10,000 full-time equivalent employees in Texas in 2009. This rate was 4% lower than the nearly 84 cases in 2008. Additionally, the Texas statistic is lower than the national rate of 117 reported jobsite injuries per 10,000 employees.
When injuries or illness did occur, Texans spent an average of 8 days away from work —which acts as a key measure of the severity of injuries and illnesses. All of the facts and figures are based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.
The latest reports are a strong reminder for both employers and employees about the importance of a reliable Texas Workers Compensation plan. In the unfortunate case that jobsite accidents occur, it is vital that employers—both private and public—take the necessary precautions and secure effective Workers Compensation coverage.
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