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TOPIC: Keep-your-employees-safe

Why Work Related Injuries Need To Be Reported...

So what would keep your average construction worker from reporting an injury that he suffered on the job? More specifically, what would keep more than a quarter of construction workers reporting their injuries?

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Reconsidered Safety Posts: Eye Injuries

Welcome to this week's final installment of the Arbill blog series Reconsidered Safety Posts. Over this past week, we've looked back at a series of posts on categories of common workplace accidents: Slips, Trips And Falls and Hands And Gloves.

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Wouldn't you want the best?

OSHA requires employers to provide hand protection when employee’s hands are exposed to hazards such as those from skin absorption of harmful substances; severe cuts or lacerations; severe abrasions; punctures; chemical burns; thermal burns; and harmful temperature extremes. Work gloves not only protect workers against injuries, they also protect consumers in environments where employees handle food. So how are you supposed to provide the correct glove for each situation or application?

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Is your first aid kit compliant?


First aid provides the initial and immediate attention to a person suffering an injury or illness and in extreme cases a quick first aid response could mean the difference between life and death.  In some cases, first aid can reduce the severity of the injury or illness and can also calm the injured person, reducing stress and anxiety.

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How to calculate the true cost of an injury

In a recent post we talked about the high costs of workplace injuries for the employer. In fact, we quoted a study that found that workplace injuries and illnesses cost the nation $250 billion every year.  How are these costs calculated and how do they affect you the employer? 

Direct Costs

  • Medical Cost
    • Doctor’s visits, treatments, surgery, etc.
  • Indemnity Cost
    • 2/3 wages up to a set amount weekly
  • Medical
    • 100% of the medical – doctor, office visit/hospital, X-ray/MRI, prescription drugs, physical therapy, home nurse, etc.
  • Indemnity
    • Percentage of weekly wage (varies by state)
    • Permanent and partial disability
    • Death benefits
  • Expenses
    • Legal
    • Claim processing/handling charges

Indirect Costs

  • Pain and suffering of employee         
  •  Loss of production                                          
  • Customer “quality” issues & loss of business   
  •  Overtime costs
  • Equipment or product damage
  •  Recruiting and retraining
  • Time
  •  Damage to equipment
  • Interruptions in productivity
  •  Injured employee
  • Employee morale
  •  Customer service
   
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What Do These Pictures Have In Common?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) there are around 250,000 serious hand, finger, and wrist injuries in private industry per year including approximately 8,000 amputations.

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Is New Employee Safety Training Necessary?

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 40% of workers injured have been on the job less than one year.  Why are new workers more likely to be hurt?  The main reason given is a lack of safety information from the employer.  In a BLS study of workers injured while operating power saws, nearly one in five said that no safety training on the equipment had been provided.

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The Anatomy of a Safety Shoe

Each year there are approximately 1.2 million foot and ankle injuries in the U.S.  These injuries cost our businesses an average of five lost work days and a combined $600 million paid in workers compensation and lost production.

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Safety Footwear Trends – What to look for?

Employers are not required to purchase shoes that are considered acceptable for personal use. However, if specific shoes are required that cannot be reasonably worn in everyday-life, it is the employer’s responsibility to purchase them.

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Winter Workplace Safety

Happy New Year everyone!  We hope that you all had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve and that you are ready to work together to create a culture of safety within your organization for 2013.

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