Oklahoma legislator: Savings in workers' comp bill come at expense of injured workers

BY STATE REP. RICHARD MORRISSETTE Published: May 4, 2013
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Oklahoma is one of many states seeing an increase in its Hispanic population of documented workers, and, per the latest data, we now know that almost half of all workplace fatalities in the United States occur to documented Hispanic workers. Data released on Oct. 25, 2012, shows agriculture as one of two private industry sectors to experience an increase in the rate of injury and illness and crop and animal production are key employment areas for Oklahoma's Hispanic population.

Oklahoma is currently ranked as a state with employee injury and death rates statistically greater than national rates. As a Democrat whose plea to consider the workers has been described as “rhetoric and little else,” trust me, the savings in SB 1062 that The Oklahoman lauds as good policy come only at the expense of injured workers and their families.

Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, represents District 92 in the Oklahoma House.

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