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Bureau of Labor Statistics Provides Huge Amount of Workers Comp Data


Bureau of Labor Statistics – A Wellspring of Data

The Bureau of Labor Statistics  can be found at bls.gov

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One of the great providers of Workers Compensation data is the Bureau of  Labor Statistics .   One has to know where to look to find the best WC data.   Some of the data has to be extrapolated for it to make sense.   Many Workers Comp statistics are not straightforward.  Some of the statistics are basically indirect.

The Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities page has a plethora of data on WC.   The calculator page has been upgraded often.  The calculator page enables anyone that accesses the data to have cross-sections of data that is borderline amazing.

The One Screen data analysis on the calculator page allows almost any type of analysis.  This is where I send people when asked where to find great analysis besides the rating bureaus (NCCI, WCIRB, etc).

The state specific data is one of the quickest ways to analyze WC injury information.

I have used the BLS website for many years.   The data is accurate.  If you check on even some of the rating bureau reports, you will see a footnote credit to the BLS.

Some of the latest numbers from the BLS are:


Total recordable cases:
2,976,400 in 2012

Cases involving days away from work:
905,700 in 2012

Median days away from work:
8 in 2012

Cases involving sprains, strains, tears:
340,900 in 2012

Cases involving injuries to the back:
177,580 in 2012

Cases involving falls, slips, trips:
219,630 in 2012


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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
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  • Various trade publications


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