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Ode t’ pirates, founders o’ workers’ compensation

Today, on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, we tip our hats t’ pirates. After all, pirates o’ t’ 18th century helped with developin’ t’ concept o’ workers’ compensation.Pirate blog post image 9-19-14

Injury and death were risks of the trade. PiratesInfo.com says that losing an eye or a finger was worth 100 pieces of eight; an arm was worth 500 to 600 (more for the right, less for the left); a leg was worth 400 to 500 pieces of eight.

Colonial Americans around that time earned an average of two pieces of eight per week, according to Insurance Journal. In addition to compensation, injured pirates were offered less strenuous duty in their place of employment, like a return-to-work program.

We wonder if workers’ compensation fraud existed back then. In such close quarters, we imagine it would be difficult to feign injury. If there were any, offenders were surely punished.

Nowadays, it’s easy t’ report workers’ compensation fraud and keep yourself anonymous. For workers’ compensation fraud tips in Ohio, please call t’ Ohio Bureau o’ Workers’ Compensation at 1-800-644-6292 or visit bwc.ohio.gov.

 

 

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