Government Workers Top Private Sector In Filing Workers Comp Claims

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Government workers are almost twice as likely to file reports for illnesses or injuries related to chronic conditions than workers in the private sector, according to the latest annual report to the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission.

The report, which does not cover traumatic injuries such as shootings or car accidents, covers claims from 2012, the most recent data available.

Police and fire employees have the highest rate of claims, followed by school employees, utilities, and aerospace and submarine manufacturing.

Restaurants and bars had the lowest rate of claims.

Connecticut reported 2,800 cases in 2012, down from 3,500 the year before. The number of state claims in 2012 is slightly higher than the national average, though eight states do not report.

Nearly 500 claims in Connecticut were for illnesses related to stress: high blood pressure, heart attacks, and anxiety and depression. That was a 60 percent increase from the year before, with 103 of them coming from the Newtown shooting. Police and firefighters’ heart disease or high blood pressure is considered to be work-related, according to state laws.

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