Safety Tip of the week: Injury claims hurt all employees

Mar 27, 2020
Written by wpengine
Many of you are often trying to find ways to get employees to do their jobs as safely as they can. Here is another approach you can try; by explaining that accidents personally cost all of us in our paycheck.
Part of the insurance premium that Labor and Industries charges the company is also passed on to the employees in their paycheck. If your workplace is prone to accidents everyone there will feel it in their take-home pay.  If you have more locations, every store will feel the effect.
It benefits us to all work safely to keep insurance rates as low as possible, which also earns your employer accident-free discounts (just like your car insurance). Lower rates mean that the employee portion of the premium will also go down.
If you see a fellow employee doing something unsafe, remind them than an accident will cost all employees, even the ones who don’t get hurt. Having a safe work environment is like giving you more take-home pay.
Here is a link to an example of the rate change affecting take-home pay.
Rick Means, Directory of Safety and Education, is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198 x118, or [email protected]