In workers' compensation schemes, experience rating is used to provide employers with incentives to invest in the safety of workers. However, the impact of experience rating on return-to-work outcomes for injured workers is largely unknown. Self-insurance, which by definition implies
perfect experience rating, is sometimes used as a proxy for experience rating in empirical work. We used data on permanent partial disability claimants in the California workers' compensation system to assess the association between self-insurance and return to work after a permanently disabling
workplace injury. We found that workers injured at self-insured firms have significantly improved return to work up to five years after their injury. Future research should investigate which mechanisms lead to improved return-to-work outcomes by self-insured firms and whether experience rating
could be used to help extend these to a broader sample of firms.
Policy and Practice in Health and Safety is an international journal published twice a year. It's designed as a forum for academic and policy discourse on health and safety and is aimed at those who practise, tutor, research or study health and safety regulation and management. All published papers have undergone a double-blind refereeing process by at least two referees.
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The editor, David Walters, Professor of Work Environment at the Cardiff Work Environment Research Centre, leads Policy and Practice's authoritative international editorial board. The journal addresses practical workplace health and safety issues as well as focusing on a broader context - the social, economic and political discussions that shape employment and work.
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