Safety products: On-the-job falls on snow and ice can have serious and costly consequences, but a recent study released by the state of Maine indicates just how common, and serious, those consequences can be. The Maine report uses information from a Maine Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) database and focuses on an 18-month period from January 2012 through June 2013. Over that period, at least 1,035 Maine employees submitted lost-time injury claims due to slips and falls on ice and snow, about five percent of total lost-time claims. According to the report, slip and fall injuries on ice and snow have led to more than 25,000 days of lost time in Maine each year. (The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the cost of the average slip and fall injury to be about $28,000.) The report’s conclusion suggests that most efforts to alleviate the problem “are in the form of suggestions for others to follow rather than coordinated approaches involving employers, workers and others …”
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