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Estimating Accident and Near Accident Costs in the Printing Industry

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From: SSchuler (
Date: Thu Jun 24 1999 - 15:20:51 CDT

I made a presentation this morning to PIM's Environmental, Health &
Safety Task Force this morning on a method developed by the National
Safety Council to estimate a company's total accident and near accident
costs (insured and uninsured). The printers in attendance simply don't
have the time to invest in this type of data gathering. Is anyone aware
of general printing industry standard costs that have been developed for
any of the following four classes of accidents?

Class 1: Cases involving lost workdays - days away from work or days of
restricted work activity.
Class 2: Medical treatment cases requiring the attention of a physician
outside the facility.
Class 3: Medical treatment cases requiring only first aid or local
dispensary treatment and resulting in property damage of less than $100
or loss of less than eight hours in work time.
Class 4: Incidents that either cause no injury or cause minor injury
not requiring the attention of a physician, and that result in property
damage of $100 or more, or loss of eight or more employee-hours.

Thanks for any information you may have on this subject.

Scott Schuler
Environmental Director
Printing Industry of Minnesota, Inc.
2829 University Avenue SE, Suite 750
Minneapolis, MN 55414-3222
Fax: 612-379-6030

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