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247,120 Slips, Trips, And Falls Devastate 2014 Workers Comp Budgets

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247,120 Slips, Trips, And Falls – Increased by 8%

Slips, trips, and falls as a type of  WC injury increased by 8% when compared to 2013  figures.  According to the BLS  (Bureau of Labor Statistics), there were 247,120 slips trips and falls in 2014.   This figure was much more stable from 2011 – 2013.   For some reason, a spike occurred in 2014.Emoticon slips, trips, and falls moving

Breaking down the numbers further, when assuming a 2,000 hourly annual workload, this type of injury accounts for 123 injuries per hour (one every 30 seconds) in the US.

Year Annual
2011 229,630
2012 223,700
2013 229,190
2014 247,120

One has to wonder the reason for such an intense spike in slip, trips,  falls in just one year.

As expected, the Fatalities from this injury type also spiked in 2014.  The fatalities increased by almost 10%.

YearAnnual
2011   681
2012   704
2013   724
2014  793(P)
P : Preliminary

This type of injury increase can devastate Workers Comp markets overall.   NCCI did not provide a reason for the increase, however, their rating statistics showed that slips and trips accounted for 30% of all claim dollars.   Strains also accounted for 30%.

The prevention of this type of injury is key to reducing Workers Comp costs.   Zurich has a very interesting slip, trip, and fall assessment guide that safety personnel and Risk Managers may find helpful.  The assessment guide even has a great checklist to prevent this type of injury.

The guide is only five pages long.  Reading through it will be well worth your time.

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Mgmt Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

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