Printers industry specific insurance solutions. It may come as a surprise, but the printing industry is estimated to ship more than $170 billion a year in goods, and it employs over one million people in approximately 39,000 establishments across the country1. This means there is a large number of workers who are exposed to the potential workplace hazards of a print shop each day. Floors can become littered with loose paper and oily chemicals. Frequently used items such as ink and solvents, like xylene, contain hazardous chemicals which may be inhaled, splashed into eyes, or absorbed into the skin. Rags soaked with these materials may also pose a potential fire hazard. Printing presses themselves are dangerous machines, and when used incorrectly, can entangle hair, clothing, fingers, and limbs, resulting in injury and fatalities.
Print shops/ printers employ press operators, material handlers, shipping workers, and general laborers. Most workers handle heavy loads consisting of paper, boxes, printed materials, and cans of ink and chemicals. As a result, these workers’ can sustain sprains and strains from lifting or other motion related injuries. Print shop owners can help mitigate workplace injuries by instituting workplace safety programs which can result in fewer claims and help lower workers’ compensation insurance rates.
When injuries do occur, employers can help reduce their costs by effectively managing the injury and recovery process. This means getting the injured employee the medical attention he or she needs, as well as providing the employee with temporary transitional work if he or she has limitations established by a doctor.
Printers with a good workers’ compensation insurance policy can realize greater value for each premium dollar spent by taking advantage of value-added services offered by their insurance carrier such as loss control services and managed care services. With better employee training, and with the proper precautions, they might never have to utter the words “stop the presses.”
EMPLOYERS ® Managed Care Services
We minimize downtime for your injured workers by partnering with carefully selected healthcare providers, expert physician advisors, nurses and claims professionals that provide quality, cost-appropriate, and timely care.
Quality, Timely Care for Injured Workers
We want to minimize downtime for injured workers and our policyholders, but we also want injured workers to receive timely, cost-appropriate care services. As a leading business insurance company, our goal is to offer all the benefits of EMPLOYERS managed care.
EMPLOYERS workers’ compensation insurance partners with healthcare providers, expert physician advisors, nurses, and other experienced care management staff to promote quality patient care. We aim to cut downtime and costs associated with work-related injuries or occupational disease.
Our Managed Care Services may include:
- Medical Care Management by healthcare professionals
- Utilization Review, including dispute (appeal) review
- Medical Director/Physician Advisor consultation
- Provider Network Development and Management
- Pharmacy Benefit Management
Note: Services are not available in all states.
EMPLOYERS ® Return to Work Program
Our return to work program strives to minimize downtime and help get your employees back to work as quickly as their medical condition allows. An Early Return to Work program has numerous potential benefits:
- Increased productivity
- Reduced lost time
- Improved employee morale
- Fewer performance issues
- Faster resolution of claims
- Reduced claim costs
More benefits of a Return to Work Program
Collaboration among the injured employee, employer and treating physician can facilitate early return to work. Early return to work benefits may include the following:
- Advances the goal of permanent return to work
- Promotes the healing process
- Relieves stress due to occupational disease or injury
- Increases sense of job security
- Boosts employee morale
- Improves labor relations
- Involves management in employee recovery
- May reduce lost work days
EMPLOYERS ® Loss Control Services
Our online resources, loss control services and employee safety tips help you evaluate the safety risks of your business and identify cost-effective methods to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses, which can improve productivity and long term profitability.
Creating a Safety Culture
Loss Control is all about making your workplace safer, because fewer workplace injuries result in lower workers’ compensation insurance premiums. Our Loss Control Department offers a number of resources to help policyholders improve job safety performance. These loss control resources are available at no additional cost to policyholders and can include:
- Hazard analysis and control to evaluate operations and make recommendations for hazard control
- Management and supervisory education programs to assist in reinforcing best health and safety practices
- Employee safety presentations and training
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