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1 Friday, September 25, 2015 Des Moines, IA 8:00 9:00 a.m. WORKERS COMPENSATION LOSS CONTROL Presented by Dan Castillo Ascension Insurance In the struggle to rein in workers compensation costs, much attention is given to managing the medical and indemnity costs of a claim once an injury has occurred. However, good risk management calls for looking at loss prevention as well as loss reduction (i.e., reducing the frequency of occupational injuries). Traditionally, workers compensation loss control programs have emphasized the use of appropriate mechanical safety features, but modern loss control programs are expanding to recognize a shift in the types of injuries that lead to the majority of workers compensation claims. This session will discuss how to preempt losses through increasing employees overall level of physical and mental health, matching employees to the most suitable job, providing adequate training, and modifying work environments to reduce the amount of physical strain placed on employees. Copyright 2015 International Risk Management Institute, Inc. 1

2 Notes This file is set up for duplexed printing. Therefore, there are pages that are intentionally left blank. If you print this file, we suggest that you set your printer to duplex. 2

3 Dan Castillo Vice President, Sr. Loss Control Consultant Ascension Insurance With over 25 years in the field of loss control, Mr. Castillo s core focus is reducing injury in the workplace. He has a degree in education from California State University, Fresno, and a college instructor credential. Mr. Castillo s expertise and certificates include ergonomics, management and employee training, job safety analysis, accident investigation, OSHA compliance, safety program development, general industry health and safety Title 8 standards for managers and supervisors, forklift safety, American Red Cross first-aid and CPR instructor, tractor safety, herbicide/ pesticide application, and OSHA compliance seminars. He is bilingual in English and Spanish. 3

4 Notes This file is set up for duplexed printing. Therefore, there are pages that are intentionally left blank. If you print this file, we suggest that you set your printer to duplex. 4

5 Workers Compensation Loss Control Strategies Presented by Daniel Castillo Vice President Loss Control Pan American Insurance Agency 1 Please Read: Federal, state, and local laws vary. ALWAYS check with your attorney, insurance agent, or loss control consultant for specialized counsel. 2 5

6 Question? What are the best strategies that companies use to lower their workers compensation costs? 3 Employers Largest Insurance Cost Workers compensation premiums comprise 62% of total insurance costs Human resources and risk managers need hard numbers to sell their program and show value to the organization 4 6

7 Work-Related Injuries and Costs Workplace injuries in the United States have a direct cost (wages, medical cost, etc.) on employers of $131 billion* Indirect costs (productivity, overtime, training, administrative overhead) are estimated at $381 billion (nearly 3 times direct) Total estimated costs = $512 billion *Information reported by National Safety Council. 5 Work-Related Injuries and Costs More than 80 million lost workdays are due to occupational injuries* The Bureau of Labor Statistics: 1.2 million employees lost an average of 7 days due to their injury/illness *Information reported by National Safety Council. 6 7

8 National Trends During the last 10 years, the rate of lost time injuries has decreased by an average of nearly 3% per year However, the overall cost of injuries and illness increased 6.4% per year. In the past 5 years, it has increased by over 10% annually 7 National Trends (Cont d) Demographic changes to the workforce are challenging Over 60 million workers are % (32 million) are 65+ An aging labor force will create greater injury severities, longer lost time disabilities, and more challenging RTW situations 8 8

9 Benefits of Effective Safety and Health Programs Reduce work-related injuries and illnesses Improve morale and productivity Reduce workers compensation costs 9 Major Elements An effective occupational safety and health program includes the following elements: Management commitment Employee involvement Work site analysis Hazard prevention and control Safety and health training 10 9

10 Management Commitment and Employee Involvement These are complementary elements Management commitment provides motivation and resources Employee involvement allows workers to develop and express commitment to safety and health 11 Policy and Goals Clearly state a work site safety and health policy Establish and communicate a clear goal and objective for the safety and health program Involve top management in implementing the program 12 10

11 Employee Involvement Encourage employees to get involved in the program and in decisions that affect their safety and health Communicate responsibility for all program aspects 13 Responsibility Parties responsible for the safety and health program must have authority and resources Managers, supervisors, and employees must be held accountable for meeting their responsibilities Program operations must be reviewed at least annually to evaluate, identify deficiencies, and revise, as needed 14 11

12 Work Site Analysis Examine the work site and identify: Existing hazards Conditions and operations where changes might occur to create hazards Management must actively analyze the work and the work site to anticipate and prevent harmful occurrences 15 Comprehensive Survey Conduct a comprehensive baseline survey for safety and health Job hazard analysis Who may help you: OSHA Consultation Program Insurance companies Consultants 16 12

13 Safety and Health Inspections Conduct regular (usually weekly) site inspections Establish daily work area inspection procedures Develop and use a checklist Provide a reliable system for employees, without fear of reprisal, to notify management about apparent hazardous conditions and to receive timely and appropriate responses 17 Additional Work Site Analysis Investigate accidents and near miss incidents so that their causes and means for prevention are identified Analyze injury and illness trends so that common cause patterns can be identified and prevented 18 13

14 Hazard Prevention and Control Start by determining that a hazard or potential hazard exists Where feasible, prevent hazards by effective design of job or job site If the hazard cannot be eliminated, use hazard controls Eliminate or control hazards in a timely manner 19 Controlling the Hazards Engineering controls Administrative controls Personal protective equipment Safe work practice communicated Via training, positive reinforcement, correction of unsafe performance, and enforcement 20 14

15 Hazard Prevention Planning Maintain the facility and equipment Emergency planning Training and drills, as needed Medical program First aid on-site Physician and emergency care nearby 21 Safety and Health Training Address the safety and health responsibilities of all personnel Incorporate it into other training and job performance/practice 22 15

16 Safety and Health Orientation Employees must understand the hazards they may be exposed to and how to prevent harm to themselves and others from hazard exposure Orientation training must be given to site and contract workers 23 Supervisor Responsibilities Analyze work to identify potential hazards in area of responsibility Maintain physical protections in work areas Reinforce employee training through performance feedback and, if needed, enforcement of safe work practices 24 16

17 Specific Training Needs Hazard recognition Training required in standards Emergency response Emergency drills 25 Safety Incentives: Good or Bad? MADtv Safety at Work: YouTube

18 Summary Reduce work-related injuries and illnesses Improve morale and productivity Reduce workers compensation costs Effective worker safety and health programs Include these four elements: Management commitment and employee involvement Work site analysis Hazard prevention and control Safety and health training 27 THANK YOU! Questions? Daniel Castillo Vice President Loss Control Pan American Insurance Agency (209)

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