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Opioids and Workplace Injuries

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.

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