Archive for September, 2003

Compute your safety incidence rate

Monday, September 29th, 2003

Do you know your company’s incidence rate? It can be a useful for tracking your own level of workplace injuries and illness over time, or it can serve as a benchmark for comparing divisions within your company, or with other companies in your industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has detailed instructions on how to compute your incidence rate.

What’s keeping insurance CEOs up at night?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2003

Robert Hartwig of the Insurance Information Institute says that worries about “anemic profits, dreadful underwriting results, the state of the stock market, solvency concerns and a tort system run amok” are still keeping property/casualty CEOs awake at night despite the hard market being in its third year. Read his analysis in an article appearing in NCCI’s 2003 Issues Report. (this link is a pdf file)

The Miracle Survivors – Coping with Recovery

Thursday, September 18th, 2003

Among the many stories, news items and remembrances of 9/11/2001, there was one very compelling article relating the astounding story of the 16 people who survived the collapse of the twin towers. Surviving proved to be only part of the story. This article tells a lot about the difficulties of recovery from a traumatic event, even when physical injuries are relatively minor.

For a long time, Buzzelli wanted to be left alone – most of the survivors did. Billy Butler, who got himself a tattoo – a tattered flag and the date, 9-11-01 – would go upstairs when he got home, turn on the TV, ignore his wife and kids. “It’s not a deliberate self-absorption, explains Komorowski. You’re just trying to battle to keep yourself together on a day-to-day basis.”

Those of us working in the area of disability should learn what we can about helping others from these incredible stories.

October Events

Wednesday, September 17th, 2003

October is a big conference season, and there are two back-to-back meetings in Boston that you may want to put on your calendar. The Annual Business Insurance Workers Compensation Conference is scheduled for Oct. 20-22 at the Fairmont’s Copley Plaza. When it wraps up, hop in a cab and head for the WCRI Annual Issues and Research Conference which starts on October 22 and runs through the 23rd. The event will be at The Westin Copley Place. Drop us a line and let us know if you are attending.