Definition - What does injury analysis mean?
An injury analysis is a thorough summary of all related factors connected with a particular injury sustained on the job. An injury analysis report contains pertinent information that addresses specific details including nature of injury, direct and/or indirect causes, affected part(s) of body, location area, and designated time/shifts. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) requires employers with more than ten employees to report all accidents, incidents, and near misses that result in injury or carry the potential for injuries.
SureHire explains injury analysis
Injury analysis documentation is crucial during the investigation process following all reported injuries. A trained official representing the company such as a manager/supervisor, insurance care provider, or worker’s union, for example, assesses and compiles facts about a recent injury. Multiple reasons can lend to causative occurrence, frequency, and incidence rates including administrative oversights, defective equipment/machinery, environmental hazards, risky personal behavior, poor ergonomics, and overall lax health and safety policy guidelines.
The advantage with injury analysis findings allows personnel to cross-reference previous accidents that resulted in injury(s), serving as a deterrent against recurrent issues happening in the future. An injury analysis report also covers demographic elements such as age, gender, and seniority. Financial constraints such as insurance coverage premiums and Workers’ Compensation claim costs factor into injury analysis, in particular, with the rise of the baby boomer population extending their years of service.
An injury analysis should be conducted on an objective, impartial basis to identify causal circumstances linked to an accident without implicating blame or fault to the injured party. Maintaining comprehensive data establishes rigorous discipline in controlling and preventing work-related injuries. The implementation of effective and strategic policy and regulations can help avoid or reduce liability drawbacks such as employee absenteeism, medical cost expenditures and allocating Workers’ Compensation benefits.