WalkSafe Update: Winter Slip and Fall Claims Decrease Over Last Two Years

As part of United Heartland’s WalkSafe campaign these last few months, we’ve highlighted the many ways our customers have taken steps to reduce the chance for slips, trips and falls to occur when snow or ice poses a threat. These prevention efforts by us and by our sister brand, Accident Fund, have made an impact for both of our customers over the last two years. Winter-ending claims in 2015 decreased 39 percent from the previous year, and winter slips and falls decreased another 23 percent during the winter ending 2016. (See press release for more details.)slippery-cone

But slips, trips and falls are not confined to the winter season. These types of incidents can take place anywhere and at anytime. Poor housekeeping, improper ladder use and refusing to use three-point contact when entering or exiting vehicles can be contributing factors in such incidents. Our Assess, Elevations and Prevent resources on these issues can help educate businesses and their employees on how to prevent these hazards. Current agents, policyholders and Risk Connection subscribers also have access to WalkSafe Quick Tips, a short list of simple slip and fall prevention reminders which can be added to your safety newsletters or emails.

While this is the last Risk Connection for our 2016-17 WalkSafe campaign, our materials are available year-round at UnitedHeartland.com/walksafe. And just because it’s March, it doesn’t mean winter is over. In fact, we’ve still got a few weeks left in the season so make sure to stay alert for winter weather threats since you and your employees are more likely to be caught off-guard, especially if you’ve had bouts of warmer weather in the last few months.

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