Based on data from OSHA Forms 300 and 200, which cover all OSHA recordable injuries and illnesses, and provide the basis for rating state-by-state workers’ compensation performance, Minnesota performed the best of all the states for 2007, and Nevada and Arizona came in a close second and third, respectively.

This information comes courtesy of the Work Loss Data Institute (WLDI), an independent database development company based in Encinitas, California that focuses on workplace health and productivity. WLDI’s 2010 State Report Cards for Workers’ Comp report, released earlier this week, includes eight years of data, which is used to track trends, and give states a grade and tier ranking based on their performance from 2000-2007. Forty-three states are covered, plus Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

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