Controlling the Hidden Costs
of Workplace Injuries
Injured workers who are off work for six months have only a 50 percent chance of ever returning to full employment. That is bad news for them and their employers.
Employers must pay overtime to other workers or hire extra help to make up for lost production. Meanwhile, injured workers who are idle tend to get depressed, stressed and bored. Their job skills suffer, along with their income.
A return-to-work process can help reduce the costs of workplace accidents for employers and injured workers. The process defines how injured workers, employers and health care providers will work together to get injured workers back on the job.
- Return-To-Work Kit - Large Businesses
- Return-To-Work Kit - Small Businesses
- Return-To-Work Brochure in English
- Return-To-Work Brochure in Spanish
- DWC Form-73, Work Status Report - Helps the doctor communicate the injured employee's work restrictions to the employer
- DWC Form-74, Description of Injured Employee's Employment - Helps the employer communicate the injured employee's work duties to the doctor
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