Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Expert Offers Tips for Cutting Comp Costs

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Expert Offers Tips for Cutting Comp Costs

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Unless an injury has occurred recently in your company, managers may not be aware of the toll workers' comp claims can take on the company. Such ignorance can be costly and unproductive. They need to take steps, however small they might be, to minimize employee injuries.

William Walley of WorkComp.com provides the following suggestions to reduce workers' comp costs:

* Prevent the injury. This is the ultimate cost-reduction solution. Work-related injuries and illnesses represent a failure of the preventive process. Managers should actively support the company's safety, health and ergonomics programs and remind employees that they are always open to their ideas. Such actions will reduce claims. They should make sure that all accidents, injuries and occupational illnesses are investigated and that they take an active role in identifying and correcting unsafe behavior through proper training in safety and health, including ergonomics.

* Develop good relationships. Workers' comp claims are less frequent, less costly and require less administrative time in companies with good employee-employer relations. Malcontent employees working in an environment of hostility, unhappiness, suspicion and distrust will invariably file more claims. Managers are the keys to good employee relations.

* Discourage the need for attorneys. Managers should help ensure that the company is providing explicit instructions, verbally and in writing, to new employees regarding accident and injury reporting. …

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