Lowering Your Workers' Comp Costs
Safety training and good record keeping help keep premiums downWorkers' compensation is a large expense for small businesses. Compensation for injured employees includes medical bills, payments for lost time and damages for any permanent injuries. Every state requires that employers provide compensation for any and all work-related injuries.
A lower accident rate means fewer workers' comp claims and lower costs. It starts with these key actions:
- Uphold all workplace safety standards
- Thoroughly train employees on safety issues
- Be diligent about your policy coverage
Incorporate ergonomics into the workplace
Train your employees to make safety a priorityAs obvious as it may sound, poorly trained employees account for all kinds of workplace injuries. Get employees involved and require that all workers complete safety training courses. Establish a written safety policy that is distributed to all employees.
Verify workplace safety requirementsThe number one way to cut workers' comp costs is to lower the incident rate. Get rid of clutter to prevent slips and falls. Make sure all chemicals or hazardous substances are stored in proper containers. In a job that involves any sort of physical labor, ensure that all workers receive instruction about their tasks. Seemingly obvious safety precautions should be rechecked on a regular basis for maximum prevention.
Keep meticulous recordsRequire all employees to immediately report all incidents. Have a functioning method of managing claims. Once you have a solid compensation program in place, speedy implementation will result in lower costs.
- Because there is always a possibility of fraud, require medical records and other secondary forms of injury verification. Drug tests are common requirements for workers claiming compensation.
- Some states have organizations that lobby for compensation reform. State-specific resources may be available for your company.
- Aside from incident prevention and efficient program execution, you also can save money by focusing on quickly getting injured workers back to work. Take an interest in their health and recovery, and support their early return.
- A positive attitude about safety will ease the implementation of new policies and programs.
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