Workers Comp In Colorado Cannabis Sector Is “Boring” Says Insurance Industry Specialist – No Excessive Claims, Industry Consistent With Others

Workers Comp In Colorado Cannabis Sector Is “Boring” Says Insurance Industry Specialist – No Excessive Claims, Industry Consistent With Others
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A report in the Insurance Journal reveals that it’s all a bit dull!   Data on injured workers from the nation’s most mature adult-use cannabis market is pretty boring. No excessive claims resulting from injuries suffered by stoned forklift drivers, high cultivators, or even dispensary workers who were hurt during a robbery. How about an abundance of claims occurring on April 20, the notorious 4/20 holiday marijuana aficionados? Nope. It has been 10 years since Colorado legalized recreational cannabis, and 22 years following legalization of medicinal use. An analysis of workers’ comp claims from Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s largest workers’ compensation insurer, found few things that stood out in claims data from the state’s cannabis industry compared with other industries in the state. Claims injury trends in the state’s cannabis industry have largely remained consistent since legalization in 2012, according to Pinnacol. That seemed to bum out Randy Philabaum, a safety consultant at Pinnacol, one of those who went looking for things that stood out in the data from reported workplace injuries in cannabis. “It’s boring, it’s level, it’s standard,” Philabaum said. “It’s a pretty safe, pretty standard type of industry to work in.” Philabaum, as a safety consultant, mined the data for safety challenges in the cannabis industry to discuss and report back to people who need to know. “Really what we see is that the cannabis industry is very similar to other retail establishments, other manufacturing-cultivation type of establishments,” he said. “We really don’t see that much uniqueness out of it.” He expected to see correlations in the data pointing to dates like April 20, with potentially more impaired workers. However, April was traditionally the safest month for cannabis workers. Most cannabis workers’ comp claims occur in August and October, with the most severe claims in December, when weather…

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