Pa. Employers to See Added Savings for Comp Costs

March 30, 2005

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Diane Koken on Wednesday announced that the Insurance Department has recently approved a 2.89 percent average rate reduction for workers’ compensation premiums, which will save employers an additional $32.5 million in workers’ compensation costs this year.

“Pennsylvania has a very competitive marketplace for workers’ compensation insurance due, in large part, to our overall reforms and focus on workplace safety,” Koken said. “We had seen some small rise in premiums in recent years, but I am encouraged that we are back on track.”

“Workers’ compensation and workplace safety are definitely moving in a positive direction in Pennsylvania,” added Labor & Industry Secretary Stephen Schmerin. “We are approaching the $200 million dollar mark in employer premium savings through our Certified Safety Committees. L&I is committed to reducing both direct and indirect costs associated with workplace accidents through streamlined administrative and adjudication processes, coupled with increased safety awareness and premium savings.”

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