Brokers working with businesses pertaining to nursing homes understand the importance of developing programs that deal with issues of on-the-job injuries. Many business owners have implemented injury prevention efforts in an attempt to reduce this exposure. By introducing new methods aimed at reducing the strain that accompanies many of the associated duties they have found that they can greatly reduce the number of claims filed by workers that may otherwise become injured during the execution of their duties.
Workers compensation brokers are happy to provide lower rates to those facilities that have achieved considerable success in reducing work-related injuries and therefore reduced any associated workers’ compensation costs.
The benefits of having a safer work environment
There are many benefits for facilities that are able to provide a safer and more comfortable work environment. Fewer injured workers can result in reduced staff turnover, as well as associated training and administrative cost reduction. Having fewer injuries can also result in reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and improved overall employee morale.
This all leads to increased resident comfort.
These conditions can help to aid employers in reducing the number, as well as severity, of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in their facilities. Using such corrective methods has been found to be a success in other nursing home environments. We all realize that providing care to nursing home residents can be physically demanding work. Nursing home residents often require assistance in performing even the most ordinary tasks, such as walking, bathing, and other normal daily activities.
In many cases, residents are wholly dependent upon caregivers for mobility. Manual lifting and other tasks involving the repositioning of residents are often associated with an increased risk of back pain and other stress injuries to caregivers. For example, if an attendant loses their balance while moving a patient this can lead to other serious risk factors due to the amount of physical effort required to perform such tasks, and performing the same motion or series of motions continually or frequently places undue stress on the body.
The number and severity of injuries resulting from physical demands in nursing homes and the associated costs are something that workers compensation brokers study. They are hard at work trying to formulate ways in which these concerns can be substantially reduced, mostly by practicing safer work methods and procedures.