Category: Job Site

Calculate Your Risks

Workplace injuries can erode profits and morale. OSHA Safety Pays program shows the true cost of an injured employee. The Compensation Calculator helps businesses understand the extent of costs associated with an injury. Even with one instance of back injury (Strain), at a low-estimated cost of $20,000 and a profit margin of 3%, the OSHA calculator shows the estimated indirect cost (this is what the employer pays) is a little more than $80,000.00. Direct costs are estimated at about $73,000.00. Combined, one back strain can cost north of $150,000.00.

This is for a single back sprain injury. The calculator also provides a second area to show how many sales a business would need to make to cover both the direct and indirect costs, based on a business’ profit margin percentage. The calculator, by default, will provide a 3% by default. At just three percent, the sales combined for direct and indirect that would be needed to cover this single example injury is a staggering $7.8 million. To learn more about how the cost estimates are calculated, read the OSHA Background page.

Safe Environments Are More Productive

Of course, providing an ergonomically sound way for employees to safely access work areas is simple compared to the sometimes life-altering effects of an employee getting injured at work.

Less lost productivity, fewer workers’ compensation claims, higher morale, more efficient performance of duties, and many other factors are a result of investing in a safer environment for employees. Products like our Dumpster Access units are often used in multiple areas. The portable units can be easily unlocked and wheeled down the hall or across the warehouse or parking lot to the next duty. There are many alternatives to workplace injuries that are far less expensive. With a little time and planning, you can provide a sound and productive environment.

Seamless Options For Your Environment

Dumpster Access units are available as ramps or stairs and have safety handrails, and chain-guards. A workplace environment needing more complex or customized solutions can review the Work Safe Access options. Schools looking for ADA safe access solutions can visit Welcome Ramp Systems.

Prevention Adds to Profits

Whether it is a Dumpster Access Unit, School stairs and ramps, or something uniquely custom for the workplace, these are a few examples of safe access equipment that can provide a safer environment for employees, and a better result to a business’ bottom line.

An employee who slips, trips, or falls in the workplace is at risk of becoming part of the national opioid crisis. Opioids are prescribed as a pain relief agent. One-third of workers receive an opioid prescription early after a low back injury. A recent study suggests that such prescriptions may increase the risk for disability.

Back injuries and other strains represent the lion’s share of on-the-job injuries. Lost productivity compounds with delayed disability or poisoning through opioid use or overdose.

An investment in safety policies, education, and equipment is critical. It is the safety net businesses need to avoid workplace injuries.

Safety in the workplace does lead to fewer injuries. Fewer injuries reduce the need for pain relievers, including opioids. Opioids impact workers and employers. From the ability of an injured employee to return to work to being able to be productive at work.

The number of opioid-related deaths and injuries are unknown. Yet it is clear the opioid epidemic is impacting businesses and employees. The National Business Group on Health released a report raising the alarm years ago. Drug overdoses account for the most poisoning deaths in the US. The estimated total cost in the US of poisonings caused $23.7 billion of productivity loss in 2000. The number of poisonings has increased. As of 2017, that number has jumped to $33.65 billion in productivity loss.

For workers in high-risk jobs the investment in safe access equipment is a must. Safety stairs and ramps, rails, chain-guards, and platforms provide a foundation for safety. These preventative measures have big benefits.

  • Fewer workers’ compensation claims
  • Fewer injured employees
  • Fewer employees at risk of prescription poisoning

The National Safety Council has slip, trip, and fall prevention training. This is a useful guide to creating an ergonomically safe workplace.

Our Dumpster Access units are the perfect supplement to any safety program. The units become a part of the safe access environment needed to help prevent injuries.

The Risk Management Case for Work Safe Access Safety Stairs
 
School bus drivers and student passengers perform emergency evacuation drills. These required drills happen on school premises within the first six weeks of each semester.
 
The goal is to ensure the driver can get themselves and the students off the bus fast. They must use the emergency exit door at the back of the bus. Washington state law requires bus drivers to exit the back of the bus within 25 seconds. Bus drivers must jump or slide out of the rear exit door.
 
Hundreds of people are making a leap of up to four feet off the back end of the bus every few weeks. Performing this drill without a safety access has resulted in serious injuries. Without units like our DSW-2 or DSW-3 units, this maneuver has resulted in broken legs, fractured ankles, and time-loss claims. Schools abiding by the drill schedule run the risk of injuries.
 
Required testing of the emergency evacuation procedures can be safe. Office of State Public Instruction recognizes that using safety platforms and stairs creates a safer environment for the training drills.
 
Our simple, elegant solution adds one more critical measure of safety. Bus drivers and students alike stay focused on the drills without worry of injury.