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These figures disclose that in over 75 per cent of the cases reported the injuries were of a comparatively minor nature. This large proportion of less serious accidents, however, should not in any way minimize the heavy weight assignable to the less numerous but more serious types of accidents that cause a longer period of disability. (Table XII.)
The specified injury cases, for which additional compensation is provided under the act, numbered 967 for the year. The classified distribution of this total, together with the period for which extra compensation was due when the employee was insured, are shown below (Table XIII.): –
Closely related to the 474 fatalities are the figures showing the conjugal status of those so injured, and the figures describing the question of dependency thus involved. The following table gives these facts briefly:
Single, Widowers, Divorced, Married.
Conjugal Status and Number of Dependents of Fatally Injured
In 112 of the cases no dependents were left; the balance of 362 fatalities resulted in 873 cases of dependency, either in whole or in part. (Table XV.)
The amount and type of insurance paid and due under the act, from July 1, 1912, to June 30, 1913, is epitomized in Diagram 9. Of the total amount of $1,677,380.82, 51 per cent. was compensation for non-fatal injuries, 24 per cent. went for the payment of medical and hospital expenses, and 23 per cent. was paid for fatal injuries. (Table XVI.)
The purpose throughout this chapter has been to direct attention to the general statistical facts brought to light by a study of the detailed figures in the appendix to the report. It should be borne in mind, however, that these figures cover only one year's experience, so obviously all deductions made, or to be made, must be held to a certain extent in suspense until sufficient time has elapsed for the crystallization of those tendencies now apparently at work. Very little comparison is possible with figures derived from experience outside the State because of the varying conditions elsewhere.
With due allowance for whatever limitations are applicable to these figures, by and large, the formulation of working rules based on this information should prove of great value in solving the problems which arise in connection with industrial accidents and workmen's compensation.