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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

UConn Health Center Study: Conn. Occupational Illnesses Above National Average

Occupational injuries remain compensable conditions. Most occupational conditions remain unreported and undiagnosed. Today's post was shared by WCBlog and comes from

There were 7,265 unique cases of occupational illnesses reported to either the Workers’ Compensation Commission or the Department of Public Health in 2011 based on a study by the UConn Health Center prepared for the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission. This is in addition to cases of traumatic occupational injury reported by the Connecticut Labor Department in its annual survey.

The overall 2011 rate of occupational illness in Connecticut is 27.8 illnesses per 10,000 workers, 35 percent higher than the national average, based on the standardized survey compiled by the Connecticut Labor Department. Both numbers of illnesses and rates of illnesses increased over 2010 for all three data sources for the report, although one of those sources was incomplete for the earlier year.

Occupational Disease in Connecticut, prepared for the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission by occupational and environmental expert Tim Morse of the Health Center, reviewed information for the 2011 reporting year from three sources: the State Labor Department/Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) survey; the  Reports of First Injury to the Connecticut Workers Compensation Commission; and the  physicians reports to the Connecticut Department of Public Health under the Occupational Illnesses...
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