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Winter Safety Tips to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Risks

Winter Safety Tips to Reduce Workers’ Compensation RisksWinter Safety Tips to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Risks

Inclement weather can bring up a whole host of challenges for your business owner clients. If the business is closed for any amount of time and causes employees to lose hours, they still must be compensated for the time they were supposed to work. If an employee is late for work due to weather-related transportation issues, many state laws require employees be compensated their full-pay. Another weather related problem that comes up every year around this time on the East Coast and the Midwest, is in danger of slips and falls due to icy conditions.

According to WorkCompWire, nearly one-third of all Workers’ Compensation claims in the Midwest last year were a result of slips and falls on ice and snow. Workers’ Compensation specialists from Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and United Heartland found that winter-related slips and falls actually doubled in 2013-2014 versus the previous year, representing 29% of all Workers’ Compensation claims.

Employers must remember that if a staff member injures themselves outside of their property, during either the course of their work, or while traveling to or from work, the employer can and often will be held liable for covering the costs of the injury. With this in mind, employers should share the following tips with their workers to encourage winter safety:

  • Walk slowly and carefully, wearing boots or other slip-resistant footwear
  • After melting occurs, be prepared for black ice conditions
  • Be cautious when entering and exiting vehicles as well as building entries
  • Avoid carrying items if at all possible, for better stabilization

These are just a few of the winter safety tips that your clients can share with their staff. At Associated Specialty Insurance Agency (ASIA), we understand the unique risks each of your clients face. We offer comprehensive Workers’ Compensation in New Jersey, as well as Workers’ Compensation for Targeted Industries in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Caroline and Florida. Please contact us for more information at (866) 679-7457.

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