A tough nut to crack: understanding no-lost-time claims in Ontario

Ontario’s no-lost-time claims increased from 56 per cent of all accepted claims in 1991 to 68 per cent in 2006, according to new research from the Institute for Work & Health. But it’s too soon to say what’s driving this phenomenon.Accepted lost-time claims fell much more rapidly than no-lost-time claims in Ontario from 1991 to 2006. This is a key finding of a project led by Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Scientist Dr. Peter Smith, and the subject of the latest Issue Briefing from IWH. Although the study was unable to confirm the reasons behind the increasing share of no-lost-time claims, it did lead researchers to an important conclusion: Both lost-time and no-lost-time claims should be used to monitor trends in workplace injuries and illnesses and to target enforcement and prevention strategies. “This study highlights that whether or not time is lost from work may not be the distinguishing factor between serious and less serious injuries,” says Smith.

Source : http://www.iwh.on.ca/at-work/66/understanding-no-lost-time-claims-in-Ontario

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