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Workers' compensation report shows sharp drop in claims

The number of paid workers' compensation claims has fallen 44 percent relative to the number of employees from 1997 to 2009, according to the "2009 Minnesota Workers' Compensation System Report," just released by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI).

"Though each workplace accident is one too many, the report underscores that Minnesota's workplaces have become much safer for employees and comparatively less costly for employers since 1997," said Ken Peterson, DLI commissioner. "Medical treatment for injuries remains the chief cost driver for the system, increasing annually per claim by more than 6 percent above average wages since 1997."