Category Archives: Workplace Safety
I think it’s fair to say that employers and employees value workplace safety and are willing to do what they reasonably can to avoid workplace accidents and work-related illnesses. Yet most of the supervisors and managers I know who have had an accident occur on their watch have found in hindsight that they could have done more to prevent it.
Guest blog by Dr. Bernyce Peplowski, Medical Director at California State Compensation Insurance Fund
It’s no surprise that obesity among Americans has grown at an alarming rate – according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than one-third of U.S. adults (or 35.7%) are obese, and obesity now accounts for 21% of healthcare costs, according to a study at Cornell University. Its effects on workers’ compensation are just as startling. CDC estimates that employers spend $13 billion annually on the total cost of obesity. In a study released last month, The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) found that “obesity contributes in significant ways to the length of time during which claimants receive indemnity benefits.” Additionally, the study linked obesity to increased risk of injury and medical costs that are many times that of non-obese claimants. Read more
While distracted driving has received much media attention over the years, the role of employers and workers’ comp providers in preventing related accidents has gone largely uncovered. State Fund’s commitment to a safe workplace extends to all workplaces – traditional, remote, mobile, or otherwise. Read more