New Employees and Workplace Injuries

New Employees and Workplace Injuries
Author
Seubert
Date
November 28, 2022
Categories
Blog - SeubertU
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A report by insurance company Travelers Companies Inc. found that 35% of workplace injuries occur during a worker’s first
year on the job. Some of the most common injuries include overexertion; slips, trips and falls; being struck by an object; cuts
and punctures; being caught in or between objects; and motor vehicle accidents.

In addition, 1 in 8 injuries happen on an employee’s first day, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This can most likely
be attributed to the fact that new workers don’t know the process as well as experienced people, are unfamiliar with the tasks,
and don’t know the rules and regulations of the job.

Workplace injuries can impact employers by resulting in absenteeism, presenteeism, decreased productivity, increased claims
costs and employee turnover. The following are precautions employers can take to minimize the risk of new workers getting
injured on the job:

  • Hire qualified candidates. Implementing a formal hiring process with clear job descriptions that emphasize a company’s
    safety culture can help attract qualified job candidates.
  • Conduct a job safety analysis. Breaking down each step in a job and describing the hazards associated with each step
    can help to minimize or eliminate those hazards.
  • Provide education and training. Conducting onboarding training can help new employees understand and adhere to
    safety expectations and procedures.
  • Analyze accidents and make safety adjustments. Having an accident analysis program in place can help identify the
    root causes of injuries after an accident has occurred. Companies can then develop and implement corrective actions to
    reduce the likelihood of similar accidents and injuries.

 

Companies should have robust safety training programs and practices in place to prevent workplace accidents and injuries and
minimize liability.

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