The experience modification
indicates relative claims experience by offering a credit modification, lower
premium, for positive claims experience and higher premiums, debit
modification, for poor experience.
But does an experience modification help you understand the rate of injuries in
your operations rather than the raw cost? Frequency of claims correlates to
safety more so than the costs associated with those claims.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag23.htm),
full-time construction professionals suffer four injuries per year for every
100 employees on average. Half of those injuries result in loss of time or
light duty assignments.
The average time lost is one and one-half days.
First, four injuries out of 100 employees may not sound like a high average,
but that rate makes construction a very hazardous occupation. Personal
protective gear and safety awareness over the past few decades has helped
reduce jobsite claims, but this rate can be reduced further.
Slips and falls are the most common claims and yet very avoidable using proper
techniques for ladder safety and spill clean-up. Tie ladders off or use a buddy
to steady it; clean spills immediately and thoroughly.
Back pain from lifting incorrectly or excessively is common in the construction
industry. Again, avoidable using a weight limit per lift and a buddy system for
Use your insurance carrier resources to reduce and eliminate injuries through
advanced and aggressive loss control techniques. Use government resources like
the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (www.OSHA.gov) which can
provide safety regulation awareness or instructions in Spanish and other
Workplace safety is an employee benefit. Can you prove your work sites are
safer than average? Do you have light duty options for unfortunate injuries? Do
you investigate all injuries and find a cause of and prevention for each
Worker safety pays in cash and improved morale.
Cold weather will be with us for a few months which can cause a variety of problems for contractors and their employees who work outdoors in winter weather.
To help your workers stay warm and safe on the job, follow these precautions:
Remember, the more effectively you help your employees stay warm and safe on the job, the higher their productivity,– and the lower your insurance premiums.
For more information, please feel free to get in touch with our agency’s Construction insurance specialists at any time.
Despite the benefits, you'll need to make sure that pump crews take special precautions to make the placement of concrete as safe as possible:
Although the pump operator plays an important role in the safety of the operation, job safety is the responsibility of the entire crew. Following basic safety suggestions can make concrete pumps safe to use, as well as cost efficient.