June 20, 2011
The number of paid workers' compensation claims has fallen 44 percent relative to the number of employees from 1997 to 2009, according to the 2009 Minnesota Workers' Compensation System Report, just released by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI).
"Though each workplace accident is one too many, the report underscores that Minnesota's workplaces have become much safer for employees and comparatively less costly for employers since 1997," said Ken Peterson, DLI commissioner. "Medical treatment for injuries remains the chief cost driver for the system, increasing annually per claim by more than 6 percent above average wages since 1997."
The report, part of an annual series, presents data from 1997 through 2009 about aspects of Minnesota's workers' compensation system. The purpose of the report is to describe the current status and direction of workers' compensation in Minnesota and to offer explanations, where possible, for recent developments. It is available online at www.dli.mn.gov/RS/WcSystemReport.asp. Copies of the report may also be obtained by calling (651) 284-5030 or toll-free 1-800-DIAL-DLI (1-800-342-5354).
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