Ohio’s Injury Rate Dipped Below National Average in 2016
It's good news for both employees and employers with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation reporting that the state's workplace injury and illness rate dropped 9 percent from 2015 to 2016, continuing a 4-year trend of numbers lower than the national average. Read on to find out what this could mean for your business.
A Closer Look at the Numbers
For 2016, the national average of nonfatal injuries per 100 full-time employees was 3.2, but Ohio came in almost 16 percent less at 2.7 injuries per 100 full-time workers. The difference is even more impressive when you break this down into private and public sector. The national average injury rate for public employees was 4.7 per 100 workers, but for Ohio, this number was only 3.1 — a 34 percent difference.
The numbers for private sector injuries were also lower, coming in at 2.7 per 100 workers compared to the national average of 2.9. This also represented a 6.1 percent decrease from Ohio's 2015 numbers. Six percent may not sound like much, but when it's extrapolated out, it means that 17 fewer workers in Ohio were injured every day in 2016 compared to 2015. That's more than 298,000 over the course of the year which is huge for both employees trying to get back to their families safely and employers trying to keep costs and claims down.
What Does This Mean for You
Any time fewer people are dealing with injuries and illnesses, it's a good thing, but when it comes to accidents at work, this report is especially good news for employers trying to manage workplace injury claims. The BWC reported just 87,883 allowed claims for employers in Ohio in 2016, which was a nearly 17 percent drop from 2010's numbers. It's also a nearly 20-year low.
The BWC credits this drop in part to an increase in employers implementing the BWC's workplace safety programs and services. Reports show that 71 percent more employers used these resources in 2015 compared to 2010. This means more employers (and employees) are getting serious about workplace safety and make creating and implementing safety strategies and policies a top priority. This, in turn, leads to fewer costs for employers, more satisfied employees and an all-around better workplace culture.
While all of this is fantastic news and there are hopes that the injury rates will continue to fall, it's impossible to eliminate workplace-related illnesses and accidents entirely. If you do find yourself dealing with workers compensation claims — or any employment law matter such as sexual harassment or discrimination allegations — the team at Dawson & Associates LLC can help. Call us today to find out more about how we can work in your best interests.