Obese Workers Have 50% More Work Comp Claims
The State of Wisconsin estimates it could save $12 billion dollars if residents “slim down”.
With National Health Expenditures continuing to rise, employers profits are being consumed by healthcare costs. Some estimates are as high as 58% after taxes! Today, nearly half of all workers compensation claims include loss time or disability rating.
In particular, obesity is affecting work comp claims in a big way. A 2007 Duke University Medical Center Study compared obese employees to normal weight employees:
- 50% more workers’ compensation claims
- 13x more lost work days
- 7x higher medical costs
- 11x indemnity claim costs
For information on how to reduce your workers compensation costs, improve the health of your employees and increase their productivity, contact a knowledgebroker today!