Posts Tagged "workplace safety management"

Workplace Risk: How to Prevent Employee Injuries before They Happen

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in News | 0 comments

More than one million Americans suffer from work-related injuries each year, ranging from serious crushing injuries at a construction site to muscle or joint problems caused by repetitive activities in an office setting. Workplace injuries can also be costly to both the person injured and the employer. Most employees do not receive their full pay while in recovery, and, according to the National Safety Council, employers pay an average of $40,000 per injury. In addition to the $1 billion the U.S. Department of Labor estimates employers pay annually in direct medical and workers’ compensation costs, businesses incur several indirect costs when an employee is injured. These expenses can include training for replacement employees, accident investigations and corrective actions, repurchase or repair of damaged equipment or property, absenteeism and more. Helping employees avoid injuries before they occur is always the best course of action, but when workplace injuries do happen, employers should have a prepared plan that helps employees recover as safely as medically appropriate and manages costs for all parties involved. Early medical intervention is one approach that can make a difference for the injured employee and the business. Delaying either the reporting or treatment of a workplace injury can increase costs by more than 50 percent, according to a new study by the National Council on Compensation Insurance. When an employee is injured, he or she should promptly identify the injury and work with his or her employer to establish the best plan of care. This will help reduce recovery time and lower the costs associated with the injury. Travelers developed a patented program called ConciergeCLAIM Nurse to provide injured employees with live, face-to-face engagement with a Travelers on-staff nurse who can answer their questions, guide them through the workers’ compensation claim process and assist them with that process throughout their recovery. Because many injured employees come to urgent care clinics as a result of their first on-the-job accident, the Travelers ConciergeCLAIM Nurse program places nurses in select urgent care clinics operated by U.S. HealthWorks or Concentra in more than 50 locations across the country. After the employee has met with the clinic’s doctor, the Travelers nurse reviews the treatment plan and develops a comprehensive return-to-work focused recovery plan. This process includes: * Clearly setting expectations about the claims process in order to reduce uncertainty, anxiety or fear; * Assisting the employee with information he or she may need about the medical treatment plan developed by the clinic’s physician; and * Using the nurse’s medical knowledge to help facilitate the care suggested by medical providers. This help can also lead to faster and more accurate claims and claims-payment decisions. Over a three-year period, workers’ compensation cases using this approach reduced the number of days injured employees were out of work by 41 percent. The number of days it took them to recover from their injury and close their claim fell by 31 percent. For all the preventive measures employers put in place, workplace injuries may be inevitable, no matter the type of business or line of work. Among the uncertainties associated with such injuries, one thing is clear: reporting and treating them early is vital to reducing the pains they inflict on both the employee and the...

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Tips for Creating a Safety Management Program

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Did you know that on average there are 89 workplace fatalities per week and that employers pay an estimated $1 billion – yes billion – every week in direct workers compensation costs? This is why it’s a good reason to take workplace safety seriously and to have a safety management program in place. Here are Eight Key Components of a Safety Management Program via Travelers Insurance – one of our partner companies: Demonstrate management involvement – Management must lead by example. A visible demonstration that you embrace a safety culture is imperative to its success. Provide the essential time, budget and resources to create and support a safety program. Communicate your safety plan clearly – Your safety plan must be published and available to all employees. Reminders and updates should be timely and effective. Allow employees to contribute their suggestions to making the workplace safer. Get everyone involved – A safety program is likely to be more effective when employees at all levels are involved. Standardized policies should outline responsibilities and accountability for all employees. Safety goals can become part of job descriptions and employee reviews. Safety committees can help ensure that safety practices are understood and reinforced throughout the company. Positive reinforcement of safe behaviors can be an effective way to help build the desired culture. Train your employees to work safely – Safety training should begin from the moment an employee is hired. Ongoing training is also essential to creating a safety culture. Review, revise, improve – A safety program should be dynamic, especially since most business environments continue to evolve.  An effective safety program should be flexible enough to adjust to changes. Regularly review, evaluate and identify risks that could affect safety, and make the changes necessary to keep your workplace safe. Create safety standards – Each department should set safety standards through a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) to make sure every task is done correctly and safely. Recognize good safety performance, and cite and correct unsafe practices. Investigate every incident and accident thoroughly – Properly trained staff with experience in investigation, analysis and evidence collection should conduct an accident analysis as soon as possible after an incident. Report the claim within 24 hours to help ensure prompt response and injury management. Manage every injury – Even with the best safety program, an employee injury can still occur. Planning helps you to react immediately when an employee is injured on the job. Learn about five strategies that can help you put employees on the road back to...

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