Financial Incentives for Wellness Programs Largely Ineffective

Financial rewards to motivate employees to lose weight are unlikely to succeed, according to a study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The research involved 197 obese individuals, many of whom were offered various rewards equivalent to $550. One group did not receive any incentive whatsoever. Twelve months after the study, none of the participants, whether rewarded or not, registered substantial differences in their mean weight loss.

Though the study does not consider all financial rewards to be ineffective, the researchers do suggest that employers experiment with alternative, more creative incentive schemes.

To learn more, view the press release or read the abstract of the study, which was published in the journal, Health Affairs.

Overexertion Ranks First in Top 10 Causes of 'Disabling' Workplace Injuries

Overexertion involving outside sources is the leading, most expensive cause of disabling injuries in American workplaces, according to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index.

Overexertion includes injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing objects and accounts for almost 25 percent of all disabling injuries in the United States.

Second on the list was 'falls on same level', while 'falls to a lower level' stood at number three. Rounding out the top ten are:

  • Struck by object or equipment
  • Other exertions or bodily reactions
  • Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle
  • Slip or trip without fall
  • Caught in/compressed by equipment or objects
  • Struck against object or equipment
  • Repetitive motions involving micro-tasks.

The ranking was based not just on the number of cases but also the total workers compensation costs.

For more information, download a summary of the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index.

The NTSB's 'Most Wanted' Improvements in Transportation Safety

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued its 2016 Most Wanted List of safety improvements. According to an agency press release, the NTSB has offered recommendations for these enhancements, but they have not been fully implemented yet.

The 2016 list includes several items that deal with the role of technology in enhancing road safety. Some of the highlights are:

  • Including collision avoidance technology on all new highway vehicles
  • Completing rail safety initiatives, including the need for positive train control
  • Enhancing occupant protection including primary enforcement of seatbelt use and age-appropriate child restraints.
  • Improving rail tank care safety
  • Preventing impaired, distracted, and fatigued driving.

For additional details, read the NTSB press release.

OSHA Online Reporting Form Now Available

Reporting severe workplace fatalities or serious injuries can now be done through the Serious Event Reporting Online Form from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

In January 2015, OSHA required businesses to notify the agency of any work-related death within eight hours of its happening, or of in-patient hospitalizations or loss of limb or eye at work within 24 hours of its taking place. Previously, reporting could only be done by phone, and only recently did online notification become an option.

View the online reporting form.

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