California Workers & # 39; Compensation Institute reports that COVID-19 was the leading cause of work-related deaths during the 2020 accident year, accounting for 866 of 1,563 claims. this year, but COVID remained the leading cause of death in the workplace during the first half of 2021, accounting for 166 of the 202 death claims, the CWCI said in a report released on Friday.
reported during the first 18 months of the pandemic represented more than half (53.4%) of the 1,931 workers' death claims registered for that period.
While the majority of COVID-19 claims did not involve worker deaths, the CWCI said 1,032 deaths translate to a rate of 6.96 deaths for every 1,000 COVID-1
"Although it almost matches the death requirement from 2019, before there were any COVID claims, it also underlines the extent of the new risk because it means that since the pandemic began, death claims have been more than six times as widespread among COVID claims than among statements that are not covid, ”reports CWCI.  The CWCI said that workers' experience of covid-19 claims has largely been traced to the overall covid-19 experience in California, with claims that increased with the frequency of infections and declined as new infections began to decline.
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