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Workplace injury rates vary between states

Georgia laborers might be interested to learn of a recent report conducted by Allsup, a Social Security Disability Insurance representative, that highlights the differences of workplace injury and illness rates from state to state for workers in identical industries. The report is based on information retrieved from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics and reveals the top injuries that threaten work by location, based upon the percentage of injuries severe enough to require days of job restriction or transfer.

The report draws attention to the disparity of rates between workers in the same industries across state lines. Nine million workers receive SSDI benefits, and many of them were originally injured while doing their jobs. The top three states with the highest percentage of workplace injuries are Maine, Indiana and California. Industries with the highest rates of serious injury nationwide are amusement parks and arcades, beverage manufacturing and animal slaughtering and processing with Oregon being the highest for this. In 2011, Oregon indicated 8.3 cases of restriction or job transfer per 100 workers in that industry as opposed to the national average of 3.1.

SSDI insurance provides monthly income to those workers who are unable to work for 12 months or more. Over 1 million U.S. workers annually suffer injuries causing them to miss at least one day of work. According to the Social Security Administration, injuries place sixth in causes of SSDI claims. However, claims not filed as injuries may still be job related, such as degenerative illnesses or conditions caused by years of performing the same job; therefore, workers' ages may be strong contributors to the disparity in claims between states.

Workers' compensation attorneys interact with insurance companies and employers to help those with work-related injuries receive the compensation they deserve. A skilled attorney may be able to offer advice on how to proceed in order to increase the possibility of an optimum outcome.

Source: Insurance Journal, "Rates for Same Workplace Injuries Vary by State: Study", August 13, 2013

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