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. 

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3.  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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.