6/9/2014 - Entrepreneurs to delve deeper into injury reports
If business owners want to reduce the frequency with which they file workers compensation insurance claims, they need to improve the way in which they investigate and report on accidents that occur on the job, according to the conclusions of a new report.
The analysis, which was published in the journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers, examined nearly 250 cases among seven organizations where an injury occurred on the job site. Michael Behm and Demetria Powell, the authors of the report and chief investigators, found that most of the incidents reported were narrow in scope, focusing on the accident itself and now how it occurred in the first place. For example, if someone fell on a ladder, they didn't go into why a ladder was needed to accomplish the task.
"By not including it, an opportunity for organizational learning about possible future design and redesign changes has not been documented and, thus, is lost," the authors pointed out.
They also stressed that business owners should better examine the failures that occur when injuries happen at the workplace and what potential solutions might fix the problem. This will help foster "true organizational learning."
In an effort to reduce workplace injuries, some organizations are screening their employees, examining whether they are physically strong enough to handle tasks that require manual forms of labor that may be stressful on the joints. These are called "functional capacity evaluations"
"In the past, it was generally large foreign [multinational corporations] that were asking for FCEs," said Sylvia Ho, principal therapist for a Singapore-based rehabilitation services provider. "But these days, we have done evaluations for local companies."