Posted On: May 19, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Workers’ Compensation: OSHA Tells Over 13,500 Employers that Their Illness and Injuries Rates Surpass the National Average

Last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration sent letters to over 13,500 employers throughout the US to let them know that their illness and injury rates are much higher than the national average. OSHA called the letter a “proactive step” toward encouraging its recipients to start taking immediate steps to lower these rates and improve health and safety conditions on the job.

The injury and illness rates of the employers that were contacted was more than double the national average and had resulted in time off from work, job changes, and limited work activities. The data for these rates was compiled from a 2008 survey conducted that involved 80,000 work sites and the illnesses and injuries that occurred in 2007.

The letter included a list of the most frequently cited OSHA standards, included copies of each employer’s illness and injury data, and offered help on how to improve illness and injury rates. OSHA also provided information on insurance carriers, health consultation services, and state workers’ compensation agencies.

Illinois Workers' Compensation
Illnesses and injuries that occur on the job may allow you to qualify for Illinois workers’ compensation benefits—regardless of who was at fault in causing the work accident. However, Illinois employers are still obligated, under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, to provide you with a healthy, safe, and hazard-free work environment. Employers can be cited and fined if a worker gets hurt, sick, or killed because of a a health hazard or an unsafe condition that could have been remedied or removed.

OSHA Notifies Workplaces with High Injury and Illness Rates, OSHA, April 17, 2009

Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

US Department of Labor

To make sure that you receive all of your Illinois workers’ compensation benefits, our Chicago workers' compensation law firm would like to talk to you.

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