Employers see more workers compensation claims in August than any
other month, according to Travelers’ data
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 1, 2013--
August is the most dangerous month of the year when it comes to
on-the–job injuries, according to an analysis of Travelers’ claim data
in Texas from the past two years. Texas employers filed more workers
compensation claims in August than any other month. These claims are
often from injuries that may be avoided, including strains, sprains,
lacerations and contusions. With this data in mind, Travelers is helping
Texas employers take the necessary steps to keep their workers safe.
“Employees are the backbone of any successful company, so it is
important that employers take steps to keep them healthy and safe at
work,” said Kim Bittle, Regional Vice President, Travelers. “The good
news is many of these injuries are avoidable, and business owners can
take advantage of risk management tools that help them build effective
safety strategies in the workplace.”
A company can reduce its financial exposure to a workplace accident by
ensuring it has workers compensation insurance in place. However,
according to the Texas Department of Insurance, one-third of all
businesses in Texas are non-subscribers to the workers compensation
system. For small business owners, a single on-the-job accident could
cripple their operations if they are not covered. An independent
insurance agent can help business owners learn more about what coverage
is needed for their particular business and industry.
To help businesses promote worker safety, Travelers recommends that
employers take the following steps:
Establish an integrated safety culture –
Visible evidence of a commitment to safety can be shown through top
management’s attendance at safety meetings, their review and action on
accident reports and establishing an employee-managed safety committee.
Implement a safety management program – A
comprehensive safety program should address worker security and
Educate and train – Avoiding injuries can
be improved with proper safety orientations, regular safety coaching
from an effective mentor and regular communication.
Hire the right person for the job –
Selecting skilled, safe, dependable employees is the first step in
establishing an organization’s safety culture.
Travelers customers, agents and brokers can access training resources
and safety checklists via our secure Risk
Control portal. For additional information on managing
risks and workers compensation insurance, visit www.travelers.com.
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The company’s diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide
range of coverage sold primarily through independent agents and brokers.
A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has more than
30,000 employees and operations in the United States and selected
international markets. The company generated revenues of approximately
$26 billion in 2012. For more information, visit www.travelers.com.
Source: The Travelers Companies, Inc.
The Travelers Companies, Inc.
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