As the economy hums along, we are sharing the roads with more trucks than ever before.
Unfortunately, many people do not exercise the extreme caution required when driving around 18-wheelers, container trucks and buses. And if there is an accident, due to their sheer size and weight, they can crush a passenger vehicle, seriously injuring or killing the occupants.
While the Trump administration has eased off a number of regulations and enforcement actions during the past two years, Fed-OSHA continues focusing on the safety of temporary workers as much as it did under the Obama presidency.
This puts the onus not only on the agencies that provide the temp workers, but also on the companies that contract with them for the workers.
Most goods in the U.S. are delivered by long-haul truck drivers. Businesses don’t often think about the unhealthy side effects that come with the truck-driving profession, and that can spell trouble for the drivers and for business profitability.
Over the past 15 years, workplace violence has been among the top four causes of death in the work environment, according to federal statistics.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says almost 2 million U.S. workers report incidents of workplace violence each year, and "many more" cases go unreported.
Workplace violence is defined by OSHA as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs in the workplace.
Insurers are experimenting with new technology that tracks how many miles you drive, your driving patterns and other nuances in how you drive, in order to price policies and offer discounts.
As part of the process, insurers will typically require that policyholders download an app that will use the phone's GPS system and location-tracking to generate a picture of how the policyholder drives.
Many of these apps will rate your driving and good drivers can earn discounts and rewards for safe driving, based on the data collected by the app.
'While employers try to ensure their employees are provided a safe workplace by reducing the chances of accidents and injuries, it's important not to overlook employee stress.
Too much stress or too many responsibilities can greatly increase employees’ chances of not only burnout, but also making costly mistakes. A worse-case scenario is that if they are engaged in more labor-intensive occupations, too much stress can lead to accidents.
While your employees can catch the flu year-round, fall and winter are the peak times for an outbreak. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 80,000 Americans died from the flu and more than 900,000 ended up in the hospital.
On average, U.S. employees miss more than 17 million workdays from the flu, costing employers $7 billion in sick days and lost productivity. Make sure your organization is prepared to help employees get through flu season.
Advances in technology affect everything and everyone, including workplace safety. The workforce is more tech-savvy than ever before, leading to changes in how we work and the availability of data.
With many safety programs out of date, it’s time to put technology to work to improve safety in the workplace. An article in Safety and Health Magazine suggest four ways technology can respond to today’s safety needs.
Injuries due to slips and falls are one of the most frequently reported workers’ compensation claims. While these accidents can happen anywhere, any time, they typically spike during the winter months. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 20,000 workplace injuries due to falls from snow, sleet, and ice occurred in 2016. Of those, 28 percent resulted in more than a month off of work.
Employees and visitors alike are at risk, but with a proactive safety plan, slips and falls can be prevented.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 42,000 opioid-related deaths in the United States each year. And according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, drug overdoses are one of the leading causes of death for Americans under the age of 50. With the popularity of synthetic opioids surging, experts predict the death toll will only increase.
In the most basic terms, the CDC defines opioids as “a class of drugs used to reduce pain.” However, not all opioids are the same. There is a wide range of legal and illegal drugs that are classified as opioids.
Unlike other drug epidemics, the reach of opioids is unique. Although in different ways, this crisis affects all people in all economic classes. People who can afford prescription drugs are just as susceptible to an overdose as those who cannot afford them because of the unprecedented availability of cheap substitutes. This can make it extremely difficult to create a meaningful opioid strategy.
Estimates show the opioid epidemic costs the U.S. economy over $95 billion annually, with employers paying $18 billion of that. And, these figures are only expected to rise.
With more employees falling victim to addiction, employers are faced with lower productivity, higher health care costs and fewer qualified job applicants, which means employers should try to do everything possible to combat the impact opioids have in the workplace.
There is no silver bullet for this crisis. However, exploring new initiatives can help in the development of a strategy that best suits the needs of your employees.
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