While it is common knowledge that prevention of workplace accidents or illness is the most effective way to lower the cost of a workers’ compensation program, the goal is not just about saving money–it’s about creating a safe work environment for employees.

Communicating this commitment to workers is an important component to managing a business and to the well-being of employees. Yet even with the very best safety programs in place and a well-communicated commitment to employees, on-the-job injuries and illnesses will still occur.

In fact, the National Safety Council estimates there are more than 80 million lost workdays due to occupational injuries or illness each year. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 1.2 million employees lose an average of seven days because of injury or illness.

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