Instituting a Culture of Safety and PA Workers Compensation Insurance

Instituting a Culture of Safety and PA Workers Compensation Insurance

It’s a well-known fact that employers who emphasize safety and make safety a top priority usually have better success when it comes to reducing injuries in the workplace. This will also help greatly when it comes to reducing the cost for PA workers compensation insurance. One of the ways employers can help to obtain the assistance of their workers in accomplishing this is by instituting a program whereby employees are rewarded for keeping the company injury free.


For example, the employer can sponsor a monthly lunch for employees when no injuries occur during that period of time. In a years time the company may find that they have achieved quite a high percent of success rating, and supervisors can also be rewarded for following through, for example, by holding regular safety meetings.


Most supervisors are well aware that it could cost the company money whenever someone on the team becomes injured. But the supervisor may not know exactly how to go about preventing even some common injuries. Helping him or her to understand why and how the employer is impacted financially (as well as the reduction to the workforce) and this understanding will usually help to yield the desired results.


Make sure employees are fit for duty


Companies having one or more positions that are very physically demanding have an arduous task ahead of them. Arranging for a “fitness for duty” physical with an occupational medical provider can greatly benefit this situation. By sharing the job description with the clinic and describing the physical components of the job, the clinic can test the employee to ensure that he or she is physically able to do the job.


This assurance can yield some very positive results and may even prevent future injuries. Also, for an employee simultaneously taking Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave for his or her own serious health condition, an employer may require that a fitness-for-duty certification cover the employee’s ability to perform the essential functions of the job. However, any requirement that an employee obtain a fitness-for-duty certification must be clearly explained to the employee at the time the employee requests the FMLA leave and should be set forth in the employer’s written policy.


Having adequate amounts of PA workers compensation insurance and a comprehensive, well-managed workers’ compensation program can do more than simply save an organization financial woes; it can help keep employees safer and more engaged, and the business more productive.


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