Firms with fewer accidents get rebates

The Instituto Nacional de Seguros, the state-owned insurance company, has returned some 230 million colons, about $460,000, to 29 companies that have had low employee accident rates.

The money comes from the premiums of the riesgo de trabajo policies the firms carry.

Some of the firms, like Cemex de Costa Rica  S.A., Holcim Costa Rica S.A. and Standard Fruit Co. de Costa Rica S.A. are among the nation’s industrial giants.

All the firms were honored at a gathering Tuesday. They helped the insurance firm known as INS to reduce claims for workplace injuries. The percentage of such incidents this year is projected to be 7.6, the insurance giant said. In 2008 the percentage was 9.66.

INS covers 425,764 employees. There are 1,200 firms that are enrolled with INS, a decline from 1,612 in 2012, the insurance firm said.

The insurance firm also runs a program whereby employers can receive suggestions on how to prevent workplace accidents.

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