Are You Ready to Deal With Employee Absenteeism?

Shepell·fgi, a Canadian provider of workplace health and productivity solutions, surveyed 100 Canadian organizations and concluded in a June 4, 2009 report that “that far too many supervisors and managers in the Canadian workplace are not equipped to deal with employee health, productivity, absenteeism, disability, and employees returning to work after an absence.” Recommendations from … Continued

Workplace Injury of the Week: Low Back Pain

Low back pain is not a specific injury or disease, but this symptom ranks second only to upper respiratory infections as a cause of lost work productivity. With 2.4 million people excused from work and 13 million visits to the doctor each year, low back pain accounts for approximately 175.8 million days of restricted activity … Continued

Predictive Modeling: Wave of the Future

A trio of experts at a recent Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference in Florida said that while predictive modeling won’t replace knowledgeable insurance adjusters and underwriters, it is the ‘wave of the future” for the workers’ compensation industry. The panel’s remarks are covered in an excellent August 18th article by Daniel Hays, National Underwriter (P&C). The … Continued

Top Ten Tips for Occupational Health Reports

PersonnelToday.com just posted an excellent Occupational Health article with tips on writing high-quality OH reports. Ken Addley, Isobel Hannah and Patricia McQuillan offered practical advice, including… #5: “If the employee is absent, guidance in relation to the timescale for a return to full or restricted duties should be provided, expected duration of any limitations and … Continued

Workplace Injury of the Week: Meniscus (Knee) Tears

Did you know that knee injuries are the second most common work-related accident? More than 3 million Americans have knee injuries each year, and the meniscus is the most commonly injured part of the knee. In the US, 61 of out every 100,000 people have experienced a meniscal tear. Knee meniscus disorders involve the medial … Continued

Depression Complicates Back Injury Recovery

Great Comp Time blog article by Roberto Ceniceros of Business Insurance Magazine on the relationship between depression and musculoskeletal claims. Citing a paper published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Ceniceros says “back injury claims often prove difficult to resolve and depression is also very common among claimants and the U.S. population in … Continued