Workers' Comp for Manufacturers

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Why do manufacturing employees need workers' comp insurance?

Manufacturing professionals may be easily injured in their workplaces and should carry appropriate insurance coverage in case of accidents. Workers’ compensation, sometimes called workers’ comp or workman’s comp, can help cover medical fees and lost wages for manufacturing-work-related injuries.

 

Not only is workers’ comp coverage legally required for almost all manufacturing businesses with employees‚ but it also helps provide protection for the business by reducing its financial risk. For every dollar spent on a workers’ comp claim, $5 are spent in indirect costs—such as lost productivity, hiring and retraining manufacturing workers, and replacing or repairing damaged equipment.

 

The most common injuries experienced by manufacturing employees are:

 

– Amputation injuries from getting caught in machines

– Musculoskeletal disorders due to overexertion or repetitive motions

– Burn injuries

– Broken bones

– Illnesses due to toxic exposure

 

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What does workers' compensation insurance cover?

Workers’ compensation insurance helps provide medical, rehabilitation, and disability benefits for manufacturing employees who become injured as a direct result of their job. Workers’ comp may also pay death benefits to an employee’s dependents if the manufacturing worker is killed in a work-related incident.

 

In addition to helping manufacturing employees and their families, workers’ compensation insurance can also help protect manufacturing business owners. Workers’ compensation helps protect manufacturing businesses from liability for employees’ workplace injuries, and it helps keep employers from having to pay directly out of pocket for those injuries. This coverage may reduce the risk of a significant financial loss if a manufacturing employee is harmed while performing work duties.

 

Depending on the laws in your state, to be considered compensable and therefore eligible for workers’ compensation, manufacturing injuries must:

 

  • have happened to a manufacturing employee (not a vendor or independent contractor),

  • be the result of a manufacturing workplace injury or illness during employment, and

  • cause impairment and/or lost wages.

What are relevant types of class codes?

When you’re ready to start your 3-minute quote, you’ll need to know your manufacturing business’s class code.

 

A class code is assigned by the National Council of Compensation Insurance (NCCI) or by state agencies—and is created based on the activities and risk level the work requires.

 

There are many different workers’ comp class codes within the manufacturing industry. Below are a few of the most common class codes in the industry.

 

4239 – Manufacturers of paper or particleboard

4452 – Manufacturers of bone, horn, or plastic goods

4557 – Manufacturers of candles, paste, polish, wax or ink; oil or grease mixers

6504 – Manufacturers of food products

2501 – Manufacturers of awnings, tents, cloth, canvas…