Study finds that paid sick leave prevents future injuries

A new study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reveals that workers who are given paid sick leave are less likely to be injured in the workplace as compared to people who do not receive paid sick leave.

Not only do the risks of injuries increase, but so does the need for more time off at a later date due to an illness. The study of more than 12,000 employees in the private sector found that workers without paid sick leave are 53% more likely to need two weeks off later on.

Researchers found that if illnesses are continually ignored, then there is a 72% chance that workers would need as much as two months off at a later date.

If you have been injured on the job and have been denied workers’ compensation benefits, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444.

Safety inspections don’t harm business profits, says report

Workplace safety inspections do not harm businesses’ profits or sales, the Associated Press reports. Researchers studied inspections conducted by the Californian division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration between 1996-2006.

The report found that inspected companies saw a 9.4 percent drop in injury claims as compared to companies that were not inspected. Those same companies also saved an average of 26 percent on workers’ compensation costs in the four years following the inspections.

Inspected companies also saved about $355,000 on paid lost work and injury claims in the following four years. The Harvard Business School, which helped conduct the research, estimates that inspected businesses nationwide could add an estimated $6 billion in value.

If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at (612) 334-3444.