An interesting study out of the University of California in Davis suggests that making the workplace safer might save the nation billions in the costs associated with on-the-job injuries.
A professor of public health who authored the study suggests occupational health is undervalued in this country and, as a result, workers are subjected to dangerous and hazardous situations which lead to injury and death. Safety on the job is especially important because an adult will spend about 40 percent of their waking hours on the job.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates safety in the workplace, but usually shows up to investigate after an accident has occurred or if a worker blows the whistle on dangers at the job site.
Injury in the workplace costs the nation about $250 billion a year, which is $31 billion more than the costs of all cancers and $187 billion more than the cost of strokes, says the study. These injuries also cost the nation in workers’ compensation – about $5 billion a year just in workers’ compensation costs.
And the costs associated with injuries on the job are not all covered by workers’ compensation. In fact, the study says less than 25 percent is covered under the premiums paid by employers. The remainder of the injuries either go untreated, or are covered by the workplace medical insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare, which means ultimately the taxpayer is picking up the tab.
What a cost savings we would all enjoy if the workplace was made safe in the first place. The study suggests that there should be a greater emphasis on forcing the employer to reduce injuries on the job. For any Florida worker injured on the job, the workers’ compensation lawyers in Jacksonville with Farah & Farah can help you get the compensation you need to recover from an at-work injury. Please call (800) 670-8815 for a complimentary consultation.