The agency also has developed programs that reduce costs and improve service to employers and injured workers.
Beyond its injury prevention programs, the agency is working with employers to keep injured employees on the job at less physically demanding tasks while they heal, even offering financial incentives to employers.
L&I is teaming with health care providers, including the Everett Clinic, which in 2007 established a Center of Occupation Health and Education, which coordinates care and therapy to get workers back on the job more quickly.
Assisting L&I, agencies such as WorkSource in Everett, are finding new employment for injured workers. Over the last two years, 102 L&I clients working with WorkSource are now employed, 37 back on the job after a year and 65 in the second year.
Rate increases can be tough for a business to absorb, but some predictability in rates and confidence in good outcomes for workers should be seen as a plus for employers.
Additional information on Occupational Medicine at The Everett Clinic.