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How Injury Data can Help you Prevent Workplace Accidents

Preventing workplace accidents can save your business time and money. One of the easiest ways to reduce accidents immediately is to analyze data to make smarter decisions.

Get the Right Workplace Injury Data
Employers can gather injury data on various different aspect 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

By gathering this information, employers can determine the types of injuries they are experiencing most often, the types of injuries are incurring the most costs, and look for trends that may provide insights as to the cause of the injuries. Looking at this data allows employers to evaluate their workplace and safety practices for improvements to help prevent further accidents.

Workplace Injury Data Analysis in Action
For example, an employer reviewed their injury trend report and noticed they were experiencing many trips and falls. They also realized they had an aging workforce. To reduce this type of injury the employer evaluated their lighting to make sure all areas were well lite, eliminated any trip hazards (i.e., cords running across the floors), painted the steps different colors or added a different color on the edge of each step to make each one more noticeable.
By seeing the trends related to injuries they were able to identify causes and implement solutions.

Other employers have used their injury trend reports to identify preventable injuries by using safety goggles, slip resistant shoes, different types of gloves and other personal protective equipment. Then the employers were able to determine how much they could have lowered their claims cost by implementing these simple steps.

Work with Your Ohio Workers’ Comp MCO to get the Data and Take Action.
Bottom line – gather and review your injury data to work with your Ohio Managed Care Organization (MCO) on suggestions for injury prevention. 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 injuries and your costs.

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