Preventative Care Tips to Reduce Workers’ Comp Claims
- Posted on: Jan 15 2021
While dealing with workers’ comp claims is often a necessity for business owners, the best option is to never have those cases come up at all. You may not be able to completely avoid dealing with workers’ comp claims, but you can do a lot to reduce the chance of accidents occurring. Here are some preventative care tips you should share with your employees to help them remain healthy and avoid injury.
It’s important that your employees take regular breaks throughout the day, especially if they do repetitive tasks that could damage their hands, wrists, or arms. Taking breaks helps reduce the chance of chronic issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. It’s also important that employees take breaks from looking at their computer monitors to relax their eyes. This helps reduce the risk of headache and eyestrain. Taking regular breaks also helps with mental strain and has been shown to improve productivity.
Get Up and Move Around
In addition to taking breaks, your employees need to get up and move around. Stretching, walking, and in general simply moving helps reduce the risk of a wide number of diseases and other issues. In terms of workers’ comp, moving around helps keep the muscles loose and warm. This, in turn, helps reduce the risk of an accident due to a muscle cramp or other issue.
Create a Safety Program
A safety program will help your employees learn to recognize the routine risks they will face during their regular workday. Your safety program should identify health risks that can be removed or reduced as well as teach employees how to protect themselves. This program should also put standards in place to ensure that equipment is maintained and that procedures are followed. Train your employees regularly on these standards and provide reinforcement training at least every year.
Have a Plan in Place for Injuries
While you can’t prevent all injuries, you can and should have a plan in place for handling them. On-the-job injuries can get much worse if they aren’t attended to quickly. Have fully stocked first-aid kits on hand, and check them regularly to make certain they are still stocked and that everything is up-to-date. If you do have an accident, the team here at Maximum Orthopedics is ready to help. We will assist your employees with diagnosing and treating any workers’ comp injury.