Board Converting News, April 11, 2022

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nation has created a vacuum in the nation’s work roles. “People not coming back to work can contribute to lower workers’ comp costs in the short run but higher costs later on as employers hire replacements more susceptible to injury,” said Free. “When employers restaff, they often take on new and inexperienced people. Because they lack the required skills and training, they end up getting hurt.” The problem of unskilled workers escalates when the scarcity of individuals to train new recruits leads to instruc- tion by Zoom. And that is exactly what is happening now. “We are seeing rashes of claims from people who are op- erating a certain machine for the first time,” says Moore. “The old rule of thumb tells us that 90 percent of accidents happen during the first week a person uses a machine. So we’re seeing a rash of claims because of the learning curves.” According to a recent survey from the Golden Tri- angle Business Roundtable in Texas, employees with less than five years of experience contribute to 43 percent of overall workplace injuries. Such accidents can be particularly costly in riskier envi- ronments. “The construction and manufacturing industries have the most problematic workers’ comp claims experi- ence,” says Sieberg. “Many of the claims tend to be larger ones, and some are at the catastrophic level. A carpenter falling off a roof will likely incur significant injuries. Such a claim may cost the employer 20 or 25 points in experience rating. And that will continue on for a typical three-year experience period.” Positive Trends Despite greater challenges in the workers’ comp envi- ronment, there is good news. A growing use of outpatient services is helping to reduce costs. So is the employment of telehealth and telemedicine—technologies which re- ceived tremendous boosts from the COVID pandemic. “I expect telemedicine to become more and more com- mon with employers,” says Sieberg. “It allows for faster re- sponse time for injured workers to get in front of qualified medical providers without having to make appointments or travel to physician offices. It also helps with remote case management, easier access to medication, and quicker re- turn to work by injured employees. The net effect can be a reduction in medical costs and ultimately in overall claims.” And then there is a favorable trend in safety conditions. Employers have made great strides in reducing the risk of trips and falls, and in boosting ergonomics and increasing the safety of machinery. “Workplace safety and claim management continue to be the two areas that an individual employer has the greatest control over when it comes to putting a cap on workers’ comp costs,” says Sieberg. “Good practices in both areas can save money.” Phillip M. Perry is an award-winning business journalist whose byline has appeared over 3,000 times in the na- tion’s business press. Contact him at .

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