Do I really need a safety program?
When you’re weighing the importance of dedicating time and resources to the safety, health and security of your staff, consider these alarming statistics:
- Approximately 6,000 employees in this United States die each year from workplace injuries, while another 50,000 die from illnesses caused by exposure to workplace hazards (1).
- Six million workers suffer non-fatal workplace injuries each year at an annual cost to U.S. businesses of more than $125 billion (1).
- Overexertion and falls top the list of injuries accounting for the greatest time off work and largest cost to employers (2).
1 U.S. Department of Labor OSHA, 2002.
2 “Top 10 Workplace Injuries that Affect the Bottom Line,” Fred Hosier, 2009.
What’s the real cost of workplace injury?
The impact of workplace injury and illness extends far beyond the costs of medical care, especially when you consider these indirect areas of impact:
- Group health insurance costs
- Effects on family members
- Loss in productivity
- Skill replacement
- Tight employment market
- Cost of hiring new employees
According to data compiled by Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance, the average cost of a lost-time claim is over $20,000—a cost that could easily be avoided through a genuine commitment to workplace safety.