Archive | May, 2012

New Website for California Injured Workers From CA Dept. of Work. Comp

8 May

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has launched a new and improved website for injured workers. The site guides workers through the workers’ compensation process from the point of injury through resolution. The goal is to provide clear and relevant information in a user-friendly format.  The site is at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/InjuredWorker.htm,

“When a worker is hurt on the job, they need more than a doctor. They need accurate information and assistance, and they need it quickly,” said DWC Administrative Director Rosa Moran. “Too often injured workers are unaware of their rights or how to proceed with their claim. The new site will take them through the entire process in clear and precise language.”

The new Web pages are the latest effort by DWC to assist workers, employers and claims administrators. Online users can find information about benefits and procedures with links to frequently asked questions as well as to the Information and Assistance offices. The fact sheets and guides available in printed form at the DWC’s 24 district offices are also available on the division’s website. The new Web pages will soon be available in Spanish.

Thanks to Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP for this information, see them at www.fsklaw.com

Monitor Your Workers’ Compensation Loss Reports To Improve Safety

7 May

The loss reports provided by your workers’ compensation insurer can be one of the most helpful tools in improving safety.

Of course, you are keeping a complete OSHA injury log 300, but the loss report from your insurance carrier provides important additional information – such as – the dollar value of each injury, a summary of open and closed claims, a summary of body parts involved in injuries, and usually a short recap of the activity involved in the injury.

Also, by reviewing when injuries occured, how how in took to report them, and whether some employees are involved in multiple injuries (a frequent occurance) you can gain additional insight into how to focus your safety efforts.

If you would like some help in analysis of your loss reports, just send an e-mail to DonDressler1@hotmail.com and I would be glad to provide a FREE initial visit to most who ask.

The Number 1 Cause of Work Related Deaths Is …

5 May

(Thanks to Jon Wonder of the Insurance Company of the West who wrote this article May 1, 2012)

Motor vehicle crashes are among the top three causes of death throughout a person’s lifetime and are, in fact, the number one cause of death in the United States for 3 to 34-year-olds. They also are the number one cause of work-related deaths. An average of 115 people die each day, one every 13 minutes from vehicle crashes.

Each year since 1994, between 39,000 and 46,000 people have been killed in motor vehicle crashes. In over 31% of accident cases, speeding was the cause of the crash. The factors most often noted in multiple-vehicle crashes were driving too fast for conditions, exceeding the speed limit, and following too closely. In addition to the thousands of fatalities, many more people suffer serious life-changing injuries in motor vehicle crashes. More than 2.2 million injuries resulted from vehicle crashes in 2008 alone.

These statistics stress the importance or reminding your drivers to remain alert and aware when they are behind the wheel. This month, we will continue to provide information regarding distracted driving and we encourage you to share this information with your employees.

For additional information on the dangers of distracted driving please visit the following websites:

Supervisors and Safety: The Key Component

1 May

There is no easy answer for safety, but having well trained and involved foremen and supervisors who know about safety and provide leadership, comes close.

Most important is the example the supervisor sets. His following of safe practices and work rules will be the model for everyone else. The work place is where “do as I say not as I do” won’t cut it. Also, while doing his other duties, the supervisor should keep an eye on conditions and safe practices, commenting on employees who follow the safety rules, makes a big impact.

Specific supervisor responsibilities should include:

  • Training new and current employtees on safety
  • Impleementing safety rules and procedures
  • Inspecting for compliance with safe work practices and conditions
  • Reporting accidents and near misses
  • Asking employees for safety suggestions and ideas
  • Evaluating conditions, equipment and personnel for hazards

Don Dressler Consulting has developed a new training program, “Supervising for Safety” to assist employers and supervisors in meeting these needs. Contact us by email to: DonDressler1@hotmail.com to learn more about this program.