During last year’s difficult Midwest winter, slips and falls on ice and snow accounted for nearly one-third of all workers’ compensation claims that resulted in lost time from work, according to Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and United Heartland.
The insurers said winter-related slips and falls claims doubled in 2013-2014 over the previous year, representing 29 percent of all workers’ compensation claims. By state, the numbers peaked at:
Indiana – 37 percent
Wisconsin – 33 percent
Michigan – 32 percent
Illinois – 32 percent
Minnesota – 29 percent
Loss prevention experts from Accident Fund and United Heartland will launch their annual safety campaigns this month. Beginning with snow and ice removal plans, the campaign addresses everything from proper salting and shoveling techniques to the importance of wearing the right footwear, and gives employers the resources and ideas necessary to create a campaign to help reduce costly workplace accidents.
Source: Accident Fund Holdings Inc.
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