Workplace accidents and injuries costs Americans billions of dollars each year, not to mention the devastating financial impact that work-related injuries have on the individual families involved. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the organization seeks to identify, define, and apply ways to reduce these financial burdens and impacts by studying data from a variety of sources.
Earlier this month, the NOISH announced that it has created the Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies (CWCS) within NIOSH in order to “maximize the use of workers’ compensation data for injury and illness surveillance.” The mission of the CWCS, according to its website, “is to use workers’ compensation data to prevent and reduce the severity of workplace injuries and illnesses.”
By organizing workers’ compensation analyses of NIOSH researchers across a wide range of industries, and working with public and private partners, the NOISH hopes to facilitate a more widespread distribution of data, research and best practices. The CWCS plans to organize workers’ compensation data already being analyzed by NIOSH researchers in existing programs, such as the Economics Program, Surveillance Program, and the Center for Motor Vehicle Safety, and conduct analyses across a wide range of industry sectors, including:
- Healthcare and social assistance
- Public safety
- Wholesale and retail trade
According to the NOISH, the organization has already launched several studies to evaluate the following: (1) trends of workers’ compensation claim incidence and costs across industries; (2) the effectiveness of workplace injury prevention approaches; (3) the use of leading indicators for employer safety and health programs; and (4) cost-sharing for work-related injuries/illnesses that are borne by workers’ compensation and other social and health insurance programs.
The CWCS will encourage collaboration of NIOSH scientists with insurers and other private and public sector organizations to reach the following goals to promote workplace safety:
- Identifying trends in work-related injuries-illnesses.
- Understanding the use and limits of workers’ compensation information.
- Integrating workers’ compensation data with other health-related data.
- Understanding the total economic impact of work-related injury-illness.
- Identifying ways to prevent and reduce the severity of work-related injury-illness.
- Developing best practices for prevention and disability management.
The skilled Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on helping injured workers obtain maximum financial recovery following a workplace accident. If you have been injured while on the job, contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago workplace accident attorneys to learn more about how we can help you obtain full and fair workers’ compensation benefits.