Winter Weather to Blame for Spike in Midwestern Workers' Comp Claims
As a property manager or owner, you work hard to ensure your tenants, residents and other occupants are safe while on your property. But, employees shouldn’t be left out of the safety mix.
According to a recent article by Business Insurance magazine, nearly one-third of all Midwest workers’ compensation claims that resulted in time away from work in 2013-2014’s winter were caused by slips and falls on ice and snow. This nearly doubles the normal average.
In five Midwest states, winter-related slips and falls claims represented an average of 29% of all workers’ compensation claims.
For example, in Indiana, 37% of all claims in late January and early February of 2014 were for slips and falls on ice and snow. During that time, they also accounted for 33% of claims in Wisconsin, 32% in both Michigan and Illinois and 29% in Minnesota.
To stay safe this winter, encourage your property employees to:
- Walk slowly
- Wear slip-resistant footwear
- Be on alert for prepared for black ice
- Keep hands free, try to avoid carrying items carrying items
Have other questions about keeping your employees safe during cold months? Get schooled on winter weather warnings and preventing cold-related injuries here. Want to be prepared the next time another "Juno" storm heads your way? Check out our Blizzard Safety Checklist.
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