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November 01, 2023 Safety News

Prompt Injury Reporting for a Safer & More Efficient Workplace

In today's discussion, we're underscoring the significance of early reporting for work-related injuries among your employees and their managers. As an employer, prioritizing the safety and well-being of your workforce is paramount. Cultivating a workplace culture that encourages and prioritizes the prompt reporting of work-related injuries not only enhances employee safety but also ensures the seamless operation of business.

4 Key Highlights of Promptly Reporting Workplace Injuries:

1.  The Power of Early Reporting

  • Prompt Care: Early reporting enables you to respond swiftly, providing immediate medical attention and support to injured employees.
  • Preventing Complications: Timely reporting helps mitigate further harm, preventing complications, and expediting the recovery process.

2.  Boosting Safety & Prevention

  • Accurate Documentation: Prompt reporting ensures accurate incident documentation, vital for comprehensive investigations and determining benefit eligibility.
  • Identifying Hazards: It provides your dedicated safety team with an opportunity to spot potential hazards, take corrective actions, and prevent future incidents, ultimately fostering a safer workplace.

3.  Building Trust & Accountability

  • Transparent Communication: An open and transparent reporting approach builds trust and encourages open communication within your organization.
  • Empowering Prevention: When employees feel supported in reporting without fear of repercussions, they gain valuable insights into recurring issues, enabling targeted prevention strategies and reducing workplace accidents.

4.  Safeguarding Your Business

  • Medical Treatment is Expedited:  Your workers may be able to stay on the job, with or without accommodations, or return to work earlier, minimizing business disruptions. 
  • Early Reporting Saves Money: *A recent study found that the cost of claims can increase each day they are not reported.  Claims reported 7-14 days after injury cost 18% more than those filed within the first week of injury, and after 15-28 days, the cost jumps to 30%.  *Hartford Financial Services

By emphasizing early reporting of work-related injuries, you exhibit your commitment to employee well-being, the effectiveness of your workers' compensation system, and the overall success of your organization. Let's nurture an environment that champions open communication, trust, and accountability, ensuring that workplace injuries are promptly addressed, treated, and prevented in the future. Your commitment to early reporting paves the way for a safer, more efficient workplace.

Beacon's Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Program

This article is the first article in a three-part blog series on Beacon's innovative Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Program!

But the journey doesn't end here. In Part Two, we'll explore the substantial benefits of offering modified duty to your employees, a proactive approach that fosters recovery and productivity. Finally, in Part Three, we'll dive into the advantages of a Preferred Provider Network (PPN), illuminating how it can streamline the return-to-work process and enhance the overall well-being of your workforce.

We're committed to providing you with insights and solutions that ensure a safer, more efficient, and prosperous workplace. So, stay with us as we unravel the full spectrum of our Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Program and how it can benefit your organization!

To learn more about developing a Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Program at your workplace, you can read about the program in more detail, register for an upcoming workshop about the program, or contact us.

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Lori Wall
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Lori Wall

Ergonomic Consultant, Loss Prevention

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