FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2009) – An annual filing most insurance carriers will use to develop rates for workers’ compensation coverage shows the fourth consecutive decrease in loss costs, Department of Insurance Commissioner Sharon P. Clark announced today. The 2009 filing, approved by the state Department of Insurance and effective Oct. 1, is by the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. (NCCI), an advisory organization that serves as the oldest provider of workers’ compensation and employee injury data and statistics in the nation. “Kentucky employers and employees alike should view this as very good news,” said Clark. “Not only do employers benefit since workers’ compensation insurance is a large cost of doing business, but we are seeing evidence of safer working conditions for hardworking Kentuckians.” Clark noted that the report shows a continuing decline in the number of workplace injuries and the severity of those claims. Data collected from insurance carriers is used to develop loss costs, which is the average compensation for lost wages, based on the level of disability, plus medical benefit payments. Use of the information is voluntary but most workers’ comp carriers use the NCCI loss cost values as a base to which the insurer’s own loss adjustment and overhead expenses are added to arrive at the rates charged to Kentucky employers. The loss cost figures show an average reduction of 6.4 percent for the 598 industrial classes used in Kentucky. These classes include manufacturing, office and clerical, contracting, and goods and services. For coal classes, underground mining costs dropped 20.4 percent while surface mining decreased 13.1 percent.