Workplace injury rates rise during the summer months. When summer rolls around, companies in many sectors, including agriculture and construction, significantly increase production.
Increased road construction raises risks for workers and drivers. Many of the newly hired workers are young and inexperienced, creating a high potential for workplace injuries.
Toiling in the sun is also a leading cause of weather-related injuries, including heatstroke, heat cramps, and heat exhaustion. Heat illnesses occur when the body overheats to the point it cannot cool off, even with sweating.
August is here, and so is Safe + Sound week. Safe + Sound week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe.
After an employee is injured on the job, recuperation times can vary, but every day they are away from work, the claim cost increases and productivity suffers.
Recent research shows that employers lose about 80 million work days annually due to workplace injuries or illnesses. The number of employees who remain away from work more than seven days because of injuries or illnesses stretches into the millions.
This means that employers are left to deal with the high cost of workers' compensation premiums, lost productivity and disability benefits. But, by creating a special incentive program, you can greatly reduce these costs.