Preventing workplace accidents can save your business time and money. One of the easiest ways to reduce accidents is to analyze your injury data, recognize accident trends and then take preventative measures.
Get the Right Data on Your Workplace Accidents
Employers can gather injury data on various aspects of a claim for their Ohio workers’ compensation programs:
- Type of claim
- Number of claims by body part
- Day of the week injury occurred
- Number of Injuries by position
- Number of injuries by department/location
With this data employers can determine the most frequent injuries, the costliest injuries, and insight to the cause. Knowing these factors allows employers to evaluate their workplaces and safety practices for risks, then to make the necessary improvements to prevent future accidents.
Accident Data Analysis in Action
An employer reviewed their injury trend report and noticed they had many trips and falls, and that they had an aging workforce. To reduce this type of injury, the employer evaluated all areas to make sure they were well lit, eliminated any trip hazards, and painted each step to make them more noticeable. By seeing the trends of their injuries, they were able to identify causes and implement solutions.
Other employers have used their injury trend reports to identify injuries that were preventable by using:
- safety goggles
- slip resistant shoes
- different gloves
- other personal protective equipment
The employers were then able to determine how much they could have lowered their claims cost by implementing these changes.
Review Your Data with an MCO and Act
Gather and review your injury data and ask your Ohio Managed Care Organization (MCO) for suggestions to prevent future injuries. A quality MCO should partner with you to share trend data and review it with you on a regular basis. Over time this can reduce your workplace accidents and your costs.