Stretch to Reduce Tension
Stretch to Reduce Tension
Navigating workers’ comp can seem overwhelming. But like any undertaking, breaking down a project into systematic, digestible chunks can make your task easier and less intimidating.
When a complaint of pain or an injury occurs on the job, it must be reported to a supervisor or manager. Injuries can be reported by the employee or observed by someone else. Every employee has a duty to report an injury that they see.
The supervisor reports the injury to the administration level – the employer/owner, office administrator or human resources department.
Depending on the injury, the administrative staff sends the employee for the appropriate level of evaluation or treatment to an MPN – a group of health care providers approved within the state’s WC program.
Then the flurry of paperwork begins. A First Report of Injury form must be submitted along with any additional forms required by the state. Employees are interviewed, an investigation form is filled out, and the supervisor completes a report. Necessary forms are sent to the workers’ comp carrier as they are completed, but the First Report of Injury is submitted to the carrier the same day. Injuries should be reported immediately – within 24 hours.
The claim is assigned a number by the carrier and the clock starts ticking. If the incident turns out to be minor, it is marked IRO (Incident Report Only) or medical only for the records. But it stays in the system in case something comes up later on the claim. If no action is taken within a year – no paperwork like medical bills submitted – the claim is shut down. However, if an employee is hurt and no claim is opened and an employee says they were hurt 5 years before, that employee can still go after workers’ comp from an employer even if they don’t work for the company any longer. Five years later evidence is slim to non-existent. Witnesses may not recall and no reports were taken, so no one can dispute their claim.
Some employers don’t report what they think are insignificant claims for fear it will affect their insurance rates, but high dollar claims cause more damage to your MODs (premium modification factors) than small claims. It’s always best to report.
The year was 1987. The popularity of the personal Walkman (for listening to a rockin’ cassette collection) was skyrocketing. Due to growing safety concerns and an increasing risk of accidents, OSHA issued a memo that year prohibiting the use of Walkmen in certain workplaces with high noise levels.
Fast forward to 2016. iPhone’s and Podcasts are at their height of popularity, and music streaming services are everywhere you turn. More than ever, people love listening to media at work through their headphones. But is there still reason to be concerned about safety?
Even those of us who don’t drive forklifts for a living know how important they are in factories and warehouses all over the world. And while anyone would — and should — approach a forklift with caution and a healthy respect for what it can do, most people probably aren’t aware that every year, more than 20,000 forklift-related injuries occur in the U.S. alone. Not only that, there are countless incidents that involve property damage, including damage to overhead sprinklers, pipes, racks, walls, and machinery.
But it’s actually quite easy to prevent forklift accidents, injuries, and damage if operators follow these tips for keeping forklifts safe.