UH Launches Fifth Annual WalkSafe Slip and Fall Safety Campaign

walksafe-logo-smallFalling of any sort is what United Heartland’s WalkSafe campaign works to prevent. That is, unless we’re talking about claim costs and claim frequency related to falls on snow or ice. And when we examined United Heartland trends over the last five years during months that usually experience winter weather (November through March), we were pleased with what we saw for the 2014-2015 season:

  • Total incurred claim costs for falls on snow or ice fell to $4.26 million, a 42.9% decrease from the 2013-2014 season.
  • Average total incurred claims cost for these types of falls also fell to $6,549, a $1,358 decrease from the same period.
  • The number of claims for falls on snow and ice also dropped from 942 to 650 from the previous season, a 31% decrease.

While we can’t necessarily make a direct correlation between these decreases and our WalkSafe campaign, we believe our yearly campaign has made a difference in helping keep slip, trip and fall prevention top of mind for your employees. That’s why we’re pleased to launch the fifth annual WalkSafe campaign today.

Throughout the upcoming winter season, you can visit our website to access an entire library of materials, including brochures, posters, checklists and table tents,  that provide guidance on weather-related safety, from snow and ice removal to proper footwear to housekeeping practices. We also have resources specifically geared toward the unique needs of our health care and education customers.

As we launch our campaign, we would like to call attention to one of the campaign topics especially important now: preparing your organization for winter. This topic helps you to think about how best to prepare your business for the winter season, including:

  • Reviewing snow removal procedures
  • Tuning up snow blowers and other equipment
  • Hiring a snow removal and surface treatment contractor
  • Updating weather advisory alert systems
  • Obtaining entryway mats and housekeeping supplies

Be sure to visit us at UnitedHeartland.com for more information, and if you haven’t already, please subscribe to our Risk Connection e-blasts, which provide important information related to WalkSafe topics as well.

Want to know more? If you’re a United Heartland customer, contact your loss control representative today. If you’re not a customer, find a UH agent near you!