How partnering with Workpartners helped a social services client improve its safety culture
In 2019 slips, trips, and falls were responsible for nearly 27 percent of nonfatal injuries that required days away from work.1 More than 244,000 workers in the U.S suffered these kinds of injuries,2 which are largely preventable when organizations have the right training, equipment, and policies in place.
Workpartners® works with a social services organization that operates several group homes and provides support, housing, job assistance, and practical help to individuals with a mental illness. Employees across all the organization’s facilities frequently experienced slips, trips, or falls, so the company turn edits focus to reducing the number of these incidents.
The Workpartners approach is to educate clients on identifying and correcting hazards before an injury occurs. In this case, a Workpartners consultant met with the social services client to review its workers’ compensation claims and identify loss trends. Workpartners then collaborated with the client’s safety committee and found that facilities that used a particular mop had significantly fewer slips, trips, and falls on wet floors. The client quickly required all its facilities to change to this type of mop.
The improvement in safety was immediate. The social services client had a significant reduction in both the number and severity of injuries from slips, trips, and falls. The number of injuries from these incidents decreased by 82 percent, and the experience mod decreased from 1.05 to 0.87. Workpartners continues to work with the client to identify and address other hazards and to improve its loss control program.
To learn about how Workpartners can help your organization identify workplace hazards and build a culture based on employee safety, start a conversation with us.
1. Traumatic Occupational Injuries. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reviewed July 26, 2022.Accessed Aug. 31, 2022. cdc.gov/niosh/injury/fastfacts.html
2. Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities. Table R4. Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by industry and selected events or exposures leading to injury or illness, private industry, 2019. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. n.d. Accessed Aug. 31, 2022. bls.gov/iif/oshwc/osh/case/cd_r4_2019.htm