Each year occupational injuries and illnesses cause employers, workers, and society to pay tremendous costs for workers’ compensation and other insurance, medical expenses, lost wages and productivity, plus the personal and societal costs associated with day to day living for injured and ill workers.
“Obesity has an impact on the cost of claims, according to a study by the NCCI (National Council on Compensation Insurance).
The duration of lost income claims wasfive times greater for the most severely obese workers than for workers who were not obese but filed comparable claims.
The data came from insurers operating in 40 states. The study’s findings are similar to those of a 2007 Duke University Medical School report on its own employees.” Source: Workers Compensation, The Topic, January 2016, Insurance Information Institute