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ARE YOUR EMPLOYEES WORKING SAFELY?

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) affect the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons and work-related MSDs account for 32% of all cases requiring days from work in the private sector in 2016. Roughly 1$ of every $3 in workers compensation costs are attributed to MSDs, so eliminating the factors that contribute or cause MSD is cost effective for your business.

Identifying Potential Hazards

Understand warning signs such as:

  • employees exerting excessive force
  • performing the same or similar tasks repetitively
  • working in awkward positions or being in the same posture for long periods of time
  • localized pressure into the body part
  • tasks with high vibration

Note: Cold temperatures combined with the above risk factors also increase the risk of MSDs to develop.

Controlling The Hazard

  • Attempt to Eliminate the hazard entirely
  • If that is not possible, attempt to Replace the hazard.
  • If that cannot be done, Engineer out the hazard by providing a source to isolate the hazard from the employee.
  • If you cannot engineer out the hazard, provide administrative controls.
  • If all of the above are not possible, you must provide PPE to protect the worker from the hazard.

Hierarchy of Controls

1EliminationPhysically remove the hazard
2SubstitutionReplace the hazard
3Engineering ControlsIsolate the people from the hazard
4Administrative ControlsChange the way people work
5PPEProtect workers with personal protective equipment
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Calculate your ROI:

The cost of a single Workers Compensation Claim typically justifies safety investment. You can use this simple calculation to estimate your potential savings or analyze the impact after investing in intervention.

Injury Cost (Pre-Intervention) - Injury Cost (Post-Intervention) - Cost of Intervention = Total Costs of Savings