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Workers Comp Safety Innovator Now Thing Of Past – Correction


A Great Workers Comp Safety Source Closed Down After 60 Years

Workers Comp safety peer reviewed research provider has been shut down.  Liberty Mutual Insurance Companies have stopped performing peer reviewed workers comp safety research this week.

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Wikimedia Commons – James Alan 1986

The Liberty Mutual workers comp safety facility partnered with outstanding organizations such as:

  • MIT
  • Harvard School of Public Health,
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts at Lowell

The research institute created the Workplace Safety Index.  I had read over quite a bit of their cutting-edge research over the years.   A few articles in this blog referred to their research results.   Liberty Mutual produced the 2017 Workplace Safety Index in PDF form.

Overexertion involving outside sources topped the list as the most expensive type of injury.

According to the report –

This event category, which includes injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing objects, cost businesses $13.79 billion in direct costs and accounted for 23 percent of the overall national burden.  

23% appears to be a significant number.   Lower back injuries generate huge WC losses from just lifting injuries alone.

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I had always thought the 2nd place injury type was the most expensive –

Falls on same level ranked second with direct costs of $10.62 billion and accounted for 17.7 percent of the total injury burden.  

Correction – After talking with two Liberty Mutual employees, I was informed that the Hopkinton, Massachusetts, facility remains open – the peer reviewed research efforts ended this month.

Liberty Mutual owns the largest database on Workers Comp.   Hopefully, they will share it with the outside workers comp community.   But then again, why would they lose that competitive advantage?

I guess that, as I have said before, Workers Comp never really changes.  I stand corrected on this issue.    We all hate to see the facility go, but then again who can blame them for ending the peer-reviewed workers comp safety studies?

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