Five Injury Facts Worth Knowing
The National Safety Council recently released its 2014 edition of Injury Facts – a compendium of the most current state and international injury statistics and their costs.
We’ve highlighted five facts and why you may wish to find out more.
- Poisonings – including those from unintentional prescription pain killer overdoses – were the leading cause of death in 18 states and Washington D.C. Review MADSIF’s Top 5 Ways to Reduce Workplace Drug Risks here.
- Cell phone use and driver distraction is now estimated to be involved in more than one-quarter of all motor vehicle crashes, up from last year. Review MADSIF’s Must-Haves for a Company Vehicle Policy here.
- The most costly lost-time workers’ compensation claims involve injuries to the head or the central nervous system. The overall cost of a claim could be reduced by revisiting your return-to-work policies. Review MADSIF’s How to Bring an Injured Employee Back to Work here.
- The number of older adults who are injured in falls has spiked 112 percent since 1999 – and the number of older Michiganders working is on the rise, but that may not affect your workers’ comp claims like you think.
- Motor vehicle deaths in 2012 (the last year studied) were at their lowest level in February and at their highest in July. Remind any employees who drive company vehicles as a part of their job to be alert, and avoid distractions during the spring and summer months.