Thursday, April 20, 2006

Supervisors Play Key Role in Keeping Injury Claim Costs Down

The role of supervisors in injury prevention ...

"It pays to have supervisors who know how to effectively respond to worker injuries and safety and health concerns, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by researchers from the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, found that having supervisors who know how to address employees' work-related safety and health concerns can produce significant and sustainable reductions in future injury claims and disability costs.

The study found that supervisors who were trained to properly respond, communicate and problem-solve with employees reduced new disability claims by 47 percent and active lost-time claims by 18 percent.

The institute studied the impact of a supervisor-training program that provided education and training for both management and supervisors to help them respond better to worker injuries. The program also included suggestions for employee communication and problem-solving skills to help get injured employees back to work."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

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