Training Helps School District’s Slip-and-Fall Claim Frequency, Costs Plummet in Just 2 Years
Though many teachers are preparing for a new school year to start, school district staff also play an important role in making sure facilities and classrooms are in working order before the first school bell rings. For the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) in Middleton, Wis., these employees include custodians, maintenance workers, laundry workers, bus and truck drivers and grounds crews.
MCPASD became a UH customer in 2013, and after their initial policy year, slips and falls were identified as the main loss driver. To address this trend, the account’s UH loss control consultant worked with the MCPASD’s facilities service manager and conducted a presentation on slip, trip and fall prevention in June 2014, which addressed issues such as proper footwear, three-point contact, winter safety, shop hazards and ladder safety. Later that fall, the district’s snow and ice removal program was reviewed and the UH consultant made sure that key individuals were receiving UH’s education-related WalkSafe materials and resources throughout the winter season.
The impact from UH’s training and resources has been substantial. In just two years, MCPASD has seen the number of slip and fall claims fall by more than 62% and the associated claims costs drop by more than 87% — a feat worthy of the honor roll!
While slips and falls are a common risk for education customers to be concerned about, there are other safety exposures as well. To help identify these issues, United Heartland has created “Tools for Schools,” a safety and health resource for K-12 public and private school district employees. The 44-page document provides information on:
- 10 steps to reduce workers’ compensation costs
- 10 key elements for a successful safety process
- Accident investigation and reporting
- Return-to-work programs
- Back injury prevention
- Transportation safety
- Maintenance, groundskeeping and custodial safety
“Tools for Schools” is available exclusively to United Heartland customers as part of a comprehensive safety strategy. Contact your United Heartland Loss Control representative to discuss your safety needs or schedule an appointment to review this resource and develop a safety action plan for your education organization today. To learn more about United Heartland and our experience in providing high-touch, quality workers’ compensation for education customers, call 1-800-258-2667. Or to find a United Heartland agent near you, click here.