Injury prevention is everybody’s job. But as an employer, you have a special responsibility to keep your workers safe. In 2013, the rate of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers to the Bureau of Labor Statistics was 3.3 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers.
INJURY PREVENTION IS A FULL-TIME JOB
Injury prevention is low on most employers’ list of things to do. But there is no topic more important to building a successful workplace. THOUSANDS OF WORKERS are injured on the job every year. Some of these injuries are serious and life threatening.
There are many ways a company can improve its injury prevention program. The increase in work-related injuries creates lower employee morale and retention, lost workdays, higher workers’ comp payouts and escalating health insurance costs. Not to mention, poor OSHA standing and potential litigation.
How can your business improve its injury prevention record?
LESS EXERTION MEANS FEWER CHANCES OF WORK INJURY
ATHLETIC TRAINERS: REDUCING THE RISK OF INJURIES IN THE WORKPLACE
Companies that employ athletic trainers report a decrease in costs associated with workplace injuries by more than 50 PERCENT.51 The unique combination of an athletic trainer’s skills in injury prevention, rehabilitation, education, and fitness/wellness can reduce workers’ compensation costs while promoting a healthier workforce.
In conjunction with a workplace physician, an athletic trainer can run an on-site clinic, thus reducing lost work spent traveling to off-site rehabilitation.
Athletic trainers are often able to address both work-related and non-work-related injuries on-site, with proper physician referral and supervision. Athletic trainers can play a critical role in prevention of injuries, rehabilitation and general safety in the workplace. Athletic trainers can help employers reach their safety goals and impact their bottom line.
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