Police officers are injured more often than any other city employees and backs and fingers are injured most often among Layton city workers.
According to a recent report on workers' compensation for Layton City, 24 injuries were reported by the police department during 1990-92 - six more than from the public works department and 20 more than the fire department.There were 12 back injuries reported among city employees from 1990-92, with $16,897 paid out in workers' compensation for those injuries. That's the most of any injury claims and the amount paid was eight times more than for finger injuries - the second-highest type.
Because of the back injuries, Jim Mason, assistant city manager for Layton, recently told the City Council certain members of the city staff are now using back braces and taking other safety precautions.
During 1993, 27 city employees or 19 percent of the work force filed workers' compensation claims.
Layton had 21 lost work days because of injuries in 1993, compared with seven in 1992 and 24 in 1991.
Mason's compilation of claims also reveals that sewer and pothole liability are the most common claims made against the city.