Workplace injuries are estimated to cost the US economy $164.6 billion annually. Use the injury cost calculator below to estimate the costs of a workplace injury.
Workplace Injuries By The Numbers
Estimating Injury Costs
When estimating the costs of an injury, an organization must assess both direct and indirect costs. Additional revenue may also be calculated to consider the revenue required to compensate for the total costs of the injury. Use the injury calculator below to estimate costs and additional revenue. Select “enter cost” to enter a cost directly or click “Select Injury” to choose an injury and it’s estimated costs.
6 Tips for Assessing Your Safety Culture
Safety is difficult to quantify. A Total Recordable Incident Rate Calculator helps put some numbers to your workforce’s safety culture. TRIR is an OSHA metric that calculates the number of recordable incidents per 100 people. Further assessment can include reviewing current policies and surveying employees’ perceptions of the workplace.
Other techniques for measuring safety culture often involve interacting directly with supervisors and hourly workers.
Direct Observation can provide insight into employee attitudes and give a sense of daily operations. One key insight to observe is employee willingness to confront unsafe behavior. Observation works well in partnership with studies to confirm or contradict data points.
Interviews allow leadership to explore cultural issues that may not be apparent from observation or studies. However, overgeneralizing complex topics is easy, and the selected employees should represent the broader workforce.
Focus Groups provide an efficient solution to diagnose issues. A skilled interviewer must lead the group in a constructive and balanced conversation.
Surveys allow leadership to gain an overall sense of safety culture and the workers’ perception of their environment. However, survey design is complicated and data can be easily skewed by poorly worded questions or low response rates.
Performance Indicator Tracking provides hard data on the overall state of the safety culture. Monitoring trends is a way to determine what initiatives are impactful, and where safety leaders should concentrate on training and awareness.
Reducing Workplace Injuries
OSHA cites injury and illness prevention programs as an effective way to reduce injuries and fatalities. An effectively implemented program can significantly improve the workplace health and safety environment. The benefits are far-reaching, from increasing compliance to the financial benefits of reducing workers’ compensation.
All effective programs share the key elements of
- management leadership,
- worker participation,
- hazard identification and assessment,
- hazard prevention and control,
- education and training, and
- program evaluation and improvement.
KPA is a demonstrated safety platform that helps leaders reduce workplace hazards and develop a strong safety culture.