Workers’ compensation carriers, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and United Heartland, report that during last year’s difficult Midwest winter, slips and falls on ice and snow accounted for nearly one-third of all workers’ compensation claims that resulted in lost time from work.
The insurers said winter-related slips and falls claims doubled in 2013-2014 over the previous year, representing 29 percent of all workers’ compensation claims. By state, the numbers peaked at:
- Indiana – 37 percent
- Wisconsin – 33 percent
- Michigan – 32 percent
- Illinois – 32 percent
- Minnesota – 29 percent
To help avoid injury when walking on ice and snow, Accident Fund and United Heartland offer simple tips for employers:
- Walk slowly and deliberately and wear boots or other slip-resistant footwear
- Be prepared for black ice formation after melting occurs
- Exercise caution when getting in and out of vehicles
- Watch for slippery floors when entering buildings
- Avoid carrying items, keep hands empty so arms are free to move for stabilization – use backpacks if possible
Along with this advice and to provide even greater slip and fall protection this winter, loss prevention experts from Accident Fund and United Heartland will launch their annual safety campaigns this month. Beginning with snow and ice removal plans, the campaign addresses everything from proper salting and shoveling techniques to the importance of wearing the right footwear, and gives employers the resources and ideas necessary to create a campaign to help reduce costly workplace accidents.
Source: Accident Fund Holdings Inc.
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