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Agricultural Injuries and California Workers' Compensation Claims

February 10, 2010

According to a recent Industry Scorecard from the California Workers' Compensation Institute, that our labor attorneys at Howard Law, PC have been following, agricultural claims cost the California workers' compensation system $1.46 billion in loss payments.

The scorecard provides data on claims experience among agricultural workers in California for an eight-year span of time, from accident year 2000 to 2008. The study found that agricultural workers accounted for 5.5 percent of all California job injury claims, and 5.9 percent of the workers' compensation benefit payments for the state.

The report also stated that these proportions have been growing, with recent losses of jobs in other employment sectors, and that agriculture claims have increased to up to 7.7 percent of accident year 2008.

The study found that the three most common agricultural worker injury categories are:

• Strains and sprains with back problems--medical issues that do not involve the spinal cord.
• Minor injuries and wounds to the skin
• Sprains of the shoulder, knee, arm, and lower leg.

The Industry Scorecard is based on the analysis of nearly 133,000 work injury claims filed by California workers in the agriculture sector--representing everything from landscape gardening to poultry work.

The California Workers' Compensation Institute provides data and analyses on issues and trends affecting California workers' compensation, to highlight problems and concerns within the system, and build practical solutions for the health and safety of California workers.

Agricultural Injuries Account for 5.5% of California Workers' Comp Claims,, January 28, 2010

Related Web Resources:

California Workers' Compensation Institute, (CWCI)