How much responsibility should an employer take for injured workers?

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Interpreting and acting on the data

What this means is that while injury prevention and treatment as a whole should be a significant concern for employers, what they should be most concerned about is disabling injuries — especially since the average long-term disability absence is two-and-a-half years.

  • Three out of 10 workers who enter the workforce will become disabled before they retire, according to the Social Security Administration.
  • A disabling injury occurs every 1 second in the U.S., based on more data from the National Safety Council.

If an employee does get injured

The first step is always, always, always to seek medical attention. Failing to prioritize immediate assessment and treatment could not only come at a great cost to the injured party, but also lead to legal trouble down the road.

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