Obese Workers Have 50% More Work Comp Claims

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October 8th, 2012

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!

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