Employers Under-report Work Injuries : BLS

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the number of workplace injuries provided by employers is “grossly” underreported, according to the most recent data. The numbers reported as of 2015 were 3 million injuries, which the BLS says is way too low. Until new data presents itself, there is no way to know if it’s improving.

As to why, BLS says some employees opt not to go through the workers’ comp system, opting to go through the health care system where they can’t be turned away. Others fear intimidation or discipline if they report.

One big incentive for staffing firms and other employers to discourage employees from going through the workers’ comp system is to keep workers’ comp rates low. Fewer injuries means a lower X-Mod and lower premiums. BLS says it’s cracking down by sitting down with employers and going over their work injury data directly. This year it’s going to start interviewing employees directly.

Staffing firms should encourage employees to report all injuries and accurately report the data, as it is not uncommon for unscrupulous firms to engage in premium fraud. LeastStaff has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.

Visit our web site at www.leaststaff.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@leaststaff.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
Leaststaff.com

States Cracking Down on Opioids

The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute found that out of 25 states in 2016, 55% to 85% of injured workers who missed more than seven days of work were prescribed an opioid prescription for pain.

The more frequent prescriptions are given out, the more likely an injured worker will get hooked and unable to return to work. Even when a claim has been settled, an injured worker may still be receiving painkillers. Some states are cracking down on this problem by passing laws and leading programs to wean injured workers off opioids. Employers, including staffing companies, should be aware of these efforts.

In Massachusetts, a volunteer program is expediting medication hearings to settle disputes quickly, and guide workers toward alternatives to deal with pain. Kentucky passed a law this summer, regulating pain clinics, and set standards for dispensing and prescribing opioids. The result has already borne fruit for workers’ comp patients, according to recent data. The proportion of Kentucky workers with pain medications who received opioids in the first 12 months after injury decreased from 54% before the new law to 44% post legislation.

The quicker injured workers are off painkillers, they’ll be healthier and back to work faster. That means lower workers’ comp costs for employers. LeastStaff has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.

Visit our web site at www.leaststaff.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@leaststaff.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
Leaststaff.com

LeastStaff Has Been Busy This Summer Signing Up New Clients…..

1. Pamela P. in Ca.- uses a Leaststaff Employer of Record and Payroll Funding Solution for her travelling nurse business.

“working with David was great. Very responsive and knows the staffing industry inside and out.”

2. Mike B. in Ga. uses a Leaststaff Ga. State Fund Solution for his light industrial staffing business.

“We are a start up, but David worked closely with us to get a State fund and G/L policy.”

3. Fred A. in IL. uses a Leaststaff Professional Employer Organization Solution

“Thanks David for your PEO solution. They have great service and luckily they serve IL, which is a tough state for staffing cos comp.”

4. Patrick L. in MD uses a Leaststaff Employer of Record Solution for his Light industrial staffing firm.

“LeastStaff found me a non-state fund comp program that did not require any upfront premium, and this really helped my cash flow. Now my light and heavy industrial business is on better financial footing.”

And here are a few more clients that signed up with a LeastStaff work comp solution this summer:

5. Brandon M. in Ca.- uses a LeastStaff solution that will allow his new Ca. IT staffing company to staff throughout the US.

6. Melanie H. in MO- uses a LeastStaff Employer of Record Solution that specializes in healthcare.

7. Stephen’s W. in NJ. new staffing co uses a LeastStaff Employer of Record Solution that focuses on community care centers.

8. Gerald S. uses a LeastStaff Employer of Record Solution for his 10 state staffing business– he was using Everest for the last 5 years but switched for better rates and service.

9. AJ- LeastStaff secured State fund policies so his new staffing co can staff cell tower maintenance personnel in multiple states.

LeastStaff has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.Watch for many more updates about new LeastStaff clients this fall.

Visit our web site at www.leaststaff.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@leaststaff.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
Leaststaff.com

Want to Stand Out: Strive for the Mark of Safety Excellence

Safety comes first with any employer and staffing firms should say it proud with a Safety Standard of Excellence mark of the American Staffing Association (ASA). A safe workplace not only attracts more workers, but keeps work injuries down.

To find out more, go to www.americanstaffing.net/safety and complete the readiness assessment. You can also find out which staffing firms, including your closest competitors, have already earned the Excellence mark.

If you staff a high comp risk industry, find out what you have to do to reduce your injury rates to qualify for the program. The other benefit: Fewer injuries mean lower workers’ comp costs. LeastStaff has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.

Visit our web site at www.leaststaff.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@leaststaff.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
Leaststaff.com

Does Bad Press Spur Better Safety Practices?

Under the Obama administration it became common practice for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to publish press releases every time there was a death or a serious injury at an employer worksite. The hope was that the local press would spread the word, and the bad publicity would spur other employers to pay more attention to safety standards.

There is not definitive proof this practice actually lowered accident rates, but it certainly rattled employers who didn’t want their names associated with deaths and injuries. Statistics do show that when press releases went out, there were fewer injuries and safety violations. Under the Trump administration there have been fewer press releases.

Despite that, it doesn’t mean inspections are dropping off, and staffing firms, like all employers, should be aware of the fact that once key positions have been filled at OSHA, the press releases could start again. And in states such as California where it’s made its mission to strengthen state standards since Trump took office, this tool may be put to use. If the fear of bad publicity is helping employers pay more attention to safety, this means fewer accidents and lower workers’ comp costs.

LeastStaff has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.

Visit our web site at www.leaststaff.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@leaststaff.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
Leaststaff.com

Worker Safety Standards under the Knife Could Mean More Accidents

On the campaign trail, President Trump talked about slashing and putting numerous occupational health and safety regulations on the back burner as a way to trim the bureaucracy. He’s making good on his promises by targeting several worker safety rulemakings.

The rulemakings being slashed include proposed rules on combustible dust, construction noise, and permissible exposure limits for certain chemicals. It’s uncertain what the long term impact will be on worker safety, but one possible result could be more accidents and illnesses.

Staffing firms that provide temporary workers to industries that contain these risks should make sure they have up-to-date safety plans and procedures. Some states, such as California, require employers to have injury and illness prevention plans in place to address workplace hazards in their particular industries. Lax safety standards can lead to more accidents and higher workers’ comp rates.

LeastStaff has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.

Please visit our web site at www.leaststaff.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@leaststaff.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
Leaststaff.com

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