Companies worry too much about the cost of doing something. They should worry about the cost of not doing it. -- Philip Kotler

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Prevention is the key! Investigations conducted by ASCL will uncover the root causes of the incident and present recommendations that are feasible and unfaltering.

The Cost of a Workplace Injury:
If workplace safety measures are not proper and they fail, and if an injury or illness occurs, it costs something to someone: to injured workers, their families, friends and communities, co-workers and employers

Direct costs are easily measured. Some examples are:

  • Medical. Employer premiums paid to the WCB compensate the health system for any medical, pharmaceutical and recovery costs required by workers affected by a workplace injury. This is an example of a direct medical cost of workplace injury
  • Replacement of things. If a workplace injury or illness occurs as a result of faulty or absent equipment or machinery, etc., the employer must pay to fix, replace or install that equipment or machinery. Sometimes these costs also extend to increases in other business requirements, such as fire or property insurance.
  • Hiring/retraining employees. If an injury or illness is serious enough that the worker needs time to recover before returning to work, many employers will often have to hire or retrain someone to cover that position. Paying for the training and time of replacement workers is another example of direct cost of injury.
  • Legal. If a workplace injury or illness occurs, and is found to have resulted due to a lack of compliance to safety law, other direct costs to employers may come out of situations like court proceedings, including fines -or even jail time - applied by the courts.
Other costs are called indirect costs, and can far exceed direct costs. These are often not easily measured. Some examples are:
  • Impact of reduced income for injured workers. If a worker is injured and cannot return to work right away, his or her income will be impacted. This has potential to change things like the worker’s normal buying habits, ie. Being able to pay for recreational and leisure activities for self or family.
  • Impact on quality of personal life. For an injured worker, normal areas of his or her life like attending school, relationships with partners, children and friends, the ability to take part in personal health and leisure activities, or to volunteer in community events, can be significantly changed by a workplace injury. The emotional and social impact of injury is very real, and can be very difficult to measure.
  • Indirect impact for workplaces. Workers who have been injured and are returning to the workforce may have to retrain to other types of work, because they can no longer do what they’ve always done. Workplace incidents and injury also have the potential to negatively influence worker morale, and even influence how the public perceives or feels about that workplace or industry. All of this can impact workplace function

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