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September 2, 2016

Tips to avoid the five most common workplace injuries

Each Labor Day, we celebrate the contributions and achievements of American workers. It’s a fitting time to consider how to keep employees safe at work. Safe workplaces not only reduce the human and financial costs associated with an accident, but also boost morale and productivity.

Based on internal analysis of claims data, AmTrust, the third largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance nationwide, found that the most common small business workplace injuries include overexertion; falls, slips or trips; transportation incidents; burns; and lacerations. Many of these injuries can be avoided.

In honor of Labor Day, here are five tips for business owners to help their employees avoid common workplace injuries:



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January 21, 2016

5 Common Myths About Workers’ Compensation Coverage

Small business insurance, and more specifically, workers’ compensation insurance, is an absolute necessity for any business.For many owners, workers’ compensation insurance programs are insufficient, or worse, non-existent—simply because they believe long-held falsehoods about workers’ compensation insurance.

Clients' beliefs in these myths can have a major impact on the success of your agency—and like a domino effect—may impact the overall quality and success of your business. Many small business insurance agents would agree, if a company’s workers’ compensation program is subpar, the weakness can leave a business vulnerable to potential risks and financial disasters—ones that are avoidable with the proper program.

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January 13, 2016

What's in Store for Workers' Compensation Insurance?

According to Steve Klingel, President and CEO of the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), the seas of workers’ compensation insurance are “calm” today, but he’s concerned about turbulence ahead.

The NCCI also reports that while top line numbers look good, factors may bring rougher seas for the small business insurance industry such as: a rapidly transitioning workforce, increased regulations, higher medical premiums including a spike in generic prescription drugs, benefit increases without rate adjustments, and legislative changes that modify the entire system.

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June 17, 2015

Workers’ Comp: Prevention is a Smart Investment.

According to a December 16, 2014 news release from the US Department of Labor Statistics, the most common cause of workers’ comp claims, spanning all industries, is “overexertion and/or bodily reaction,” causing sprains, strains and yes, workers’ comp claims.

Despite the high rate of occurrence, on-the-job mishaps can be serious, disabling and quite costly. Ironically, sprains and strains (legally and medically knows as Musculoskeletal Disorders, or MSDs) are the easiest to prevent.

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June 11, 2015

5 Reasons It Matters Who You Choose for Workers’ Comp

By Matt Zender

It’s something a small business owner just has to carry – workers’ compensation insurance. Perish the thought of ever having to use it, and all the policy options essentially provide the same coverage for a loss that occurs. So why should the carrier matter to agents? Because it's better to understand the differences between carriers before your client ever has to file a claim.

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