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TOPIC: Reduce-workplace-injuries

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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Arbill reminds employers to post OSHA injury/illness summaries

Arbill is reminding employers to post OSHA's Form 300A, which summarizes the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2012 and were logged on OSHA Form 300, Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. The summary must be posted between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2013, and should be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted.

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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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Avoiding Mercury Exposure from Fluorescent Bulbs in the Workplace

Compact fluorescent light bulbs were first introduced in the 1970’s but didn’t become commonplace in the workplace until the past 2 decades.  They are durable, energy efficient alternatives to incandescent bulbs allowing your workplace to be more efficient and show significant cost savings.  Unfortunately, the greater efficiency and cost savings come with some risks to those workers who handle, recycle and dispose of them.

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Workplace Safety: 10 Most Dangerous Jobs

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2011, 4,609 people lost their lives on the job, a rate equal to 3.5 deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers. What makes a job dangerous and potentially fatal? It can be any number of factors, including the type of work and where it's performed. According to Forbes.com and ranked by the number of deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers, the following is a list of the nation’s 10 most dangerous jobs

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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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Why wear safety footwear?

According to the National Safety Council, only one out of four victims of job-related foot injury wear any type of safety shoes or boots. The remaining three are unaware of the benefits of protective footwear. 

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