Numerous previous postings in this blog have discussed workplace accidents
and the ramifications for employers who do not maintain a safe workplace.
However, there are also employers that are rewarded for maintaining a
safe workplace and, therefore, likely are incurring less
workers' compensation expenses. A Pennsylvania employer was recently honored with this type
of award for the safe work environment they have created for their employees.
The Pennsylvania employer referenced above is Edge Rubber. The company
specializes in turning discarded tires into fine rubber powder. The company
has not had what they call a "time-lost" accident in nine years.
The leaders of Edge Rubber say this is a testament to the importance of
safety at their Pennsylvania facilities.
Edge Rubber has received the Governor's Award for Safety Excellence,
which was presented to them by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and
Industry. This year alone, 80 companies applied for the award, and only
seven had the honor bestowed upon them. In the past 15 years, only 100
companies in Pennsylvania have received the award.
Although this is an amazing success story of a company that has created
a very safe workplace for its employees, accidents do still happen and
there are employers, even those that are very concentrated on workplace
safety, that have to deal with the ramifications that follow an incident
that injures an employee.
When an employee is injured on the job, they are able to file a workers'
comp claim. If their claim is successful the injured worker will be able
to receive workers' compensation benefits. These benefits usually
come in the form of monetary compensation to cover lost wages, medical
expenses and other financial obligations that arise as a result of an
Source: Public Opinion News, "Edge Rubber lands state workplace safety award," Marcus Rauhut, Dec. 17, 2012.