Training and Assistive Devices Not Enough to Prevent Back Pain

posted on: Monday February 11, 2013

Injury prevention is a top priority in Manual Material Handling (MMH). Whether an injury results in days away from work or a workman’s compensation claim, it is a costly ordeal. The most common (and expensive) injury reported is that to the back. The MMH industry invests a significant amount of time and resources to reduce… Read more

Safety liability may include actions by independent contractors

posted on: Friday February 1, 2013

Accident and safety programs are vital in minimizing legal liability.  A business that does not have adequate measures to address safety issues could be found negligent in any accident claim.   In addition to addressing safety issues for your own employees, you also may need to consider what your independent contractors are doing.   According to this… Read more

What Is The Number One Cause Of Workman Compensation Injuries?

posted on: Monday January 14, 2013

According to Brian Mittman, an attorney for a firm that specializes in workplace injuries, the number one cause of workman compensation injuries is overexertion.  This includes heavy or excessive lifting, pulling, pushing, and carrying.   Any job that requires repeated movements of any weight of material is at risk for this type of injury. Workman compensation… Read more

Safety Isn’t Just About Reducing Accidents

posted on: Tuesday January 8, 2013

When a CEO was hired on at a large manufacturing company, one of his first orders of business was to institute a major program to reduce accidents.  Some of his senior managers pushed back a little, wondering if there shouldn’t be some solid financial justification for this.   His reaction to the push back was… Read more

When all you have is a forklift… everything looks like a pallet

posted on: Wednesday December 12, 2012

Did you know that in the US there is a forklift fatality every 3 days?  There are also 95,000 non-fatal forklift related injuries a year.  Businesses are now spending thousands of dollars per year on forklift training and education.   Many businesses require certification for their forklift drivers.   We applaud the efforts to improve forklift safety.    … Read more

Why Safety Rules Are Broken in the Workplace

posted on: Thursday December 6, 2012

While the saying “rules were made to be broken” sounds very take-charge, in the world of safety, it is idiotic. Yet injury reports and safety surveys show us that even the most safety-conscious employees sometimes ignore protocol. When the consequences can be so severe in so many jobs, why take the risk? For starters, sometimes… Read more

Forklift-Free: Dangers of Forklifts and Benefits of Conversion

posted on: Thursday November 29, 2012

Over 94,000 people are injured in forklift accidents every year.  If you Google “forklift accidents,” you can find several videos offering a front-row seat to what some of these accidents look like. One clip that is highlighted in all videos shows shelves full of product crashing to the ground as two forklift operators are buried… Read more

The Most Common Work-Related Injury and What it Costs the Employer

posted on: Friday October 26, 2012

Even the simplest work-related injuries can be physically and financially devastating. In a previous article, we outlined everything an employer needs to know to figure how much an on-site injury will cost his or her company. To take that a step further, we can examine the cost of individual injuries. According to the Liberty Mutual… Read more

Revenue Required to Offset the Loss from Onsite Shoulder Injuries

posted on: Wednesday October 24, 2012

Manual material handlers are amongst three groups who report the most work-related injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) each year. These injuries and MSDs have a significant impact on finances and morale. In a previous article, we examined the employer’s cost for the most common work-related injury – injury to the back. In this article, we… Read more

How Much Does an Injury Actually Cost Your Business?

posted on: Monday October 15, 2012

Let’s be honest. The top reason that employers go the extra mile for employee safety is money. Yes, everyone cares about the well-being of their employees, but the direct and indirect cost of worker’s compensation is measured more easily than risk of injury. Fortunately, safety and saving money go hand-in-hand. Yet people can’t calculate cost… Read more