The good news is that workers’ compensation is an expense that can be managed in part with a workplace injury and illness prevention program. Let’s take a look at the numbers.
The Bad Numbers
$74 billion - the amount paid by employers for workers’ compensation claims
4.1 million - the number of people who suffer workplace injuries each year in the United States
4,500 - the number of people who die from workplace injuries each year
28.1% - the frequency of workplace injuries from falls or slips
5x - how much more likely that drug users will file a workers’ compensation claim
3.6x - how much more likely drug users will be injured on the job
$1.27 - cost of workers’ compensation costs per $100 of covered employee wages
The Good Numbers
1970 - the year the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) was signed into law
60% - decline in workplace injuries and deaths since OSHA became law
43% - increase productivity from employees who follow workplace safety programs
34 - number of states that require or encourage workplace safety programs
28% - reduction in cost for businesses that use workplace safety programs
7% - increase in employee retention for businesses that use workplace safety programs
6% - increase in employee morale and job satisfaction for businesses that use workplace safety programs
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