Workplace injuries happen every day of the year, but is there one day that’s more dangerous for workers than any other?
If the data-crunchers at Pinnacol Assurance are right, Jan. 9 might be a good day to stay home.
Pinnacol, the largest workers’ compensation insurer in Colorado, says it analyzed its data to identify the “Most Dangerous Day” for workers in Colorado and found, over the past five years, it was consistently Jan. 9.
We’re not talking blips in the data here, either. Pinnacol’s claims data showed a stunning 62% spike in injuries on Jan. 9, with an average of 198 workers getting injured.
Given the time of year, it’s not surprising to know that most of the injuries were “slip, trip and fall on ice or snow.”
A good number of these injuries are minor, to be sure. But according to OSHA, slips, trips and falls cause 15% of all deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.
There’s plenty that employers (and their employees) can do to help avoid injuries and claims. Here are four of our risk management team’s recommendations:
Do the above and the odds of injuries will drop. And be careful out there, especially on Jan. 9!
Scott Carlson is a Vice President at CCIG and leads the firm’s construction practice. Reach him at Scott.Carlson@thinkccig.com or 720-212-2040.
CCIG is a Denver-area insurance, employee benefits and surety brokerage with clients nationwide. We do more than make sure you have the right policy. We help you manage your long-term cost of insurance with our risk and claims management expertise and a commitment to service excellence.
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