How Employers in High Risk Industries Can Reduce Recordable Injuries
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Every business wants to avoid workplace injuries. But for high-risk industries like construction, manufacturing and logistics, that imperative might be a little more onerous due to OSHA’s recordkeeping rule, which requires companies to report serious injuries and keep that documentation on file for at least five years.
Companies with a high rate of recordable injuries could experience negative impacts to their operations and bottom lines.
“Employers with a larger caseload of recordable injuries often have higher workers’ compensation insurance premiums. Construction companies may also lose out on bids if project owners perceive them to be unsafe, stunting long-term earning potential. High recordable injury rates could also harm a company’s reputation internally, damaging employee morale and productivity,” said Dr. Janet Cobb, Director of Medical Operations, Concentra Occupational Health.
But what makes an incident recordable? Serious injuries resulting in loss of consciousness, loss of limb or even loss of life are, without a doubt, recordable events. Any injury requiring time away from work or transfer to a less strenuous position is also considered recordable.
For less severe injuries, though, the line between recordable and non-recordable is drawn by the type of treatment or intervention provided.
“If medical treatment is administered beyond first aid, the injury is considered recordable,” said Jim Waugh, PT, MPT, Director of Therapy Operations, Concentra Occupational Health. Fortunately, the interventions that fall under the umbrella of first aid are broader than many employers realize. Many injuries would not be considered recordable if the right care is delivered at the time of injury.
Here are some examples of first aid interventions and medical treatments for three common injury types — and how knowing the difference can help employers reduce OSHA recordable injury rates:
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