The History of Workers’ Compensation

November 01, 2017

Workers’ Compensation originated in Germany during the 1880s and was later adopted in England. It wasn’t adopted in the United States until 1911, when the state of Wisconsin enacted the first constitutionally upheld workers’ compensation law. This law guaranteed workers injury compensation as a legal right. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania established its law in 1915. Today, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have enacted workers’ compensation legislation.

Employers are required to exercise reasonable care for the safety of their employees by the following:
  • Provide a safe place to work. 
  • Provide the employee with an adequate number of competent fellow employees. 
  • Provide safe tools and equipment. 
  • Warn the employee of inherent dangers. 
  • Make and enforce rules for the safety of all employees.