by Matt Rosenberg November 3rd, 2011
In the four most recent years for which public data is available from the State of Washington, the state has paid $21,661,799.44 in costs related to car and light truck crashes involving state workers. That total includes:
All sub-totals are classified as “paid-to-date.” The information comes in an undated report titled “State Worker Car Crash Costs For FY07-FY10″. The report was actually released in June of this year, according to officials overseeing the state’s “risk management” division. That’s the section of the state Loss Prevention Program which prepared the report. The report covers state fiscal years 2007 through 2010, which ended June 30, 2010. Officials said data is not available yet for fiscal year 2011, ending June 30 of this year.
Over the four-year stretch covered in the report, annual workers comp payouts for car crashes involving state employees went from $1.9 million in fiscal 2007 to $2.8 million in 2008, then dropped to $1.4 million in 2009 and $1.2 million in fiscal 2010. Four agencies – the state departments of transportation, social and health services, commerce, and the state patrol – accounted for $3.78 million or almost exactly half of the workers comp payouts to state employees for car crashes in fiscal 2007-2010, with payouts for each agency reaching above $500,000. Thirteen other agencies accounted for another $3.2 million in those claims paid, most of the rest of the $7.5 million sub-total. No car crash-related workers comp claims were paid by 113 state agencies.
When payouts are combined for all three categories (workers comp, tort claims and car repairs), eight state agencies exceeded the $500,000 threshold: the state patrol, social and health services, transportation, corrections, Washington State University, labor and industries, fish and wildlife, and commerce.
The report was compiled over 10 months following the end of 2010 fiscal year from the following sources: