(WLNS) – Last year’s snowy and icy winter in the Midwest caused slips and falls that accounted for nearly one third of all workers’ compensation claims.
That’s according to the Accident Fund and United Heartland, two large workers’ compensation carriers.
Their researchers found that 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
“Winter-related slips and falls have a significant negative impact on American businesses each year, resulting in time off work, temporary employee costs, overtime for existing employees and increased insurance costs,” said Mike Britt, president of Accident Fund Insurance Company of America.
Tips for Winter Safety
To help avoid injury when walking on ice and snow, Accident Fund and United Heartland offer simple tips:
• Walk slowly and deliberately and wear boots or other slip-resistant footwear
• Be prepared for black ice formation after melting occurs
• Exercise caution when getting in and out of vehicles
• Watch for slippery floors when entering buildings
• Avoid carrying items, keep hands empty so arms are free to move for stabilization – use backpacks if possible
The Lansing-based Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries are one of the largest workers’ compensation insurers and the largest non-governmental specialty writer of workers’ compensation insurance in the United States.