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How Work Related Injuries Lead to Hospitalization Costs

by Megan Roth5 min read
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Work-place safety is now an important program for many organizations and corporations, and the management is now expected to come up with rules to prevent work related injuries. The safety of the employees and workers in the organization is now getting the attention it deserves because of growing concerns and regulatory requirements. In fact according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States, more than 10,000 injuries were reported in the workplace in 2015 and of this number, more than 7,000 led to hospitalizations and more than 2,000 cases led to amputations. And if one takes a look at the industries that are considered ‘dangerous’ for workers and employers, experts agree that the most ‘unsafe’ industry right now is the manufacturing industry, and is known for its high concentration of work related injuries. Other industries with high rates of accidents and injuries include construction and transportation.


Putting an End to Work Related Injuries

Today, injuries and accidents on the workplace are putting pressure not just on productivity but also to the overall health of the workers and employees. If a production floor is unsafe and employees are prone to injuries, then this will translate to loss in productivity, hospitalization costs and low morale. Injuries in short will not just affect the employees, but will also impact the management in the form of lost hours in production and hospitalization costs for its injured employees and workers. For this reason, many organizations and companies are now looking for ways to prevent work related injuries, and keep the production floor safe. Today, many companies and organizations have a Health and Safety Team that are in place which tracks the safety and the working conditions of the workers.

Several programs and systems are now in place that can help promote safety. However, accidents still happen due to failure to implement the program. If work related injuries are sustained even in the presence of these programs, employees and workers can get the assistance they want, and fight for their rights as well. Companies maintain a fund or a team that will attend to workers’ hospitalization requirements. And if the assistance is not enough, workers have the option as well to contact professionals including lawyers who know the legal procedures when it comes to these kinds of injuries. The road to a safer workplace is long, but there are now improvements along the way that help employees and workers at risk.