The cost of poor worker health; best and worst states for getting workers off comp; the history of safe driving via an infographic; and how many days has it been since your last dinosaur incident? Click through to find out more about these topics in this week’s Safety News Summary.
A new study has found poor health costs the U.S. economy an eyeball-popping $576 billion each year. Dan Wisniewski has more about that in HR Morning.
Insurance claims fraud is exploding, according to a new report. The rate of questionable claims for the first time increased by 19% from 2009 to 2011 with workers’ comp one of the largest fraud areas. RiskAndInsurance.com looks at the barriers to fighting this trend.
Staying in that subject area, what are the best and worst states for getting employees off workers’ comp and back on the job? You can find out on BusinessBrief.com.
Vehicle travel is far safer than it was a few decades ago. Several factors appear to account for the sharp decline in fatalities. You can learn why in this infographic from NYTimes.com.
And finally, there’s been a growing debate on whether programs that reward employees for how many days they’ve gone without an injury cause workers to hide their injuries. On the lighter side of safety, here’s a takeoff on a typical “days without an injury” sign often used in those programs. Most workplaces won’t have to worry about this type of incident because the cause is extinct.
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