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Ohio workers fare better with workplace injury and illness

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation now has data from 2012 displayed online. The OBWC website shows both state and national numbers regarding non-fatal workplace injuries. And according to the data, Ohio did fairly well in the area of workplace injuries and illnesses.

The figures indicate that occurrence of illnesses and injuries that are non-fatal in Ohio is below the nation's average. The nation's average clocks in at 3.7 injuries or illnesses for every 100 employees. Ohio's number is 3.2 per 100.

Even better news was how these injuries and illnesses affected work performance and recovery. Roughly 50 percent of the time, a hurt employee did not even need time away from work. Eighteen percent of the time, the injury induced a short-term restriction on tasks that could be performed or a transfer of employees for at least a one-day timeframe. And just over a quarter of the time, hurt employees had to miss a day or more of work completely.

The OBWC website also details different industries and rates of workplace accidents and workplace injuries. The healthcare and social assistance industries had higher rates of incidents, along with construction employees and manufacturers. Transportation and warehousing jobs saw high rates of non-deadly injuries and illnesses in the private sector.

In Ohio, workers who suffer a workplace injury or illness can seek workers' compensation in order to pay for resulting expenses. Although Ohio's numbers for 2012 are better compared to national averages, workers are still injured and suffer illness during the course of employment. These employees should know that they do not have to suffer financially as well. Workers' comp can cover expenses of illness. If an employee is forced to take time off of work as a result, compensation can also cover that missed time and money.

Source: Columbus Dispatch, "Injury report shows Ohio employees suffer fewer injuries than national average," Mark Williams, Feb. 17, 2014

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