Thirty percent of employees are injured on the job within the first year of employment – which is a major issue for employee turnover. Additionally, injured employees decrease morale and can lead to costly OSHA and legal fines if it comes to light that their injury is a fault of the company. Avoiding new employee injury […]
Category: Injuries and Illness
Modern safety management goes beyond covering traditional workplace accidents to now being equally concerned with illnesses caused on and even off the job. This section will explain what you need to know to avoid both injuries and illnesses, and to track your progress in reaching this goal.
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A new national campaign to increase awareness about firefighter cancer is calling on firefighters to sign a pledge of safety.
Many of us spend hours at our workstations every day. Bad habits and incorrect posture can lead to neck and back pain or sore wrists and fingers. Proper ergonomics can help you stay comfortable at work.
Older generations warned that sitting too close to the television would give you cancer; for younger whippersnappers, the warning has been updated to talking on their cell phones. The evidence is still inconclusive on that, but it seems pretty strong for “BlackBerry thumb”—a repetitive stress injury caused by too much texting—and “laptop back”—neck and shoulder […]
When a worker is injured or becomes ill on the job, it’s important to close out the claim quickly. This minimizes the employer’s costs and the impact on the employer’s experience modifier, and it is good for the worker, too, ensuring that his or her medical needs were dealt with and resolved quickly. One way […]
You know that one of the keys to minimizing your workers’ compensation costs is getting employees back to work and closing out claims. So, what’s stopping you? A survey of claims administrators published by Rising Medical Solutions in 2016 identified the major factors that claims administrators identify as problematic.
If a highly skilled worker is injured or becomes sick, it’s easy to see the monetary benefits of getting that worker back to work as soon as possible. But what about your less skilled workers? What’s the benefit of making an effort to get them back to work in a hurry? Are you better off […]
A recent study funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that in addition to fairly well-known negative outcomes, workers who suffer injuries that require days away from work are likely to die sooner than those who had injuries that required only medical treatment. Let’s take a look at this new […]
In April, a 54-year-old worker at the Winnebago plant in Middlebury, Indiana, was struck and killed by a forklift. The worker, Ricky Schlabach, was 1 of about 70 workers who are likely to die in forklift accidents this year (71 workers were fatally injured by forklifts in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). […]
California’s hot season is almost here, and Cal/OSHA is reminding employers to protect workers against the state’s searing summer heat. California has had a heat illness prevention rule in place for outdoor workers since 2005; it was most recently revised in 2015.