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Honoring worker safety and injury prevention.

November means it's the time of the year that we recognize some of the best workers' compensation and disability management programs in place at U.S. companies and government workplaces.

And this year, we've expanded the slate of winners. Along with the 2011 winners of the Theodore Roosevelt Workers' Compensation and Disability Management Awards, Risk & Insurance[R] debuts The PreVent, a national employee injury-prevention award.

Inside this issue you can read in detail how these organizations developed exemplary workers' compensation and safety programs. But I'll give you a sneak preview.

JELD-WEN Inc., Oregon's largest privately held company, is our Teddy Award winner in the for-profit sector. Production of its windows and doors is labor intensive and workers can be susceptible to repetitive-motion injuries and lacerations from lifting and material handling.

About a decade ago, the company took a huge step to minimize those injury risks. And through innovative and persistent risk management, JELD-WEN reported 385 workers' comp injury claims last year at U.S. facilities, way down from 1,967 in 2002.

Islip, New York was selected the Teddy Award winner for the nonprofit sector for ridding itself of abuses and fraud in its workers' comp and disability programs, thanks in part to the [TEXT UNREADABLE IN ORIGINAL SOURCE.] of a new workers' comp manager.

In 2006, the town recorded 3,600 lost work days from its 1,000 employees. Last year, Islip cut that to 1,314 lost work days, the equivalent of 11 more people on the job daily.

Honda's Indiana plant, with 1,000 workers, drives home with The PreVent for its approach to preventing injuries on the factory floor. The automaker combines physical conditioning with mental health training to keep the workers from hurting themselves.

Its management credits a safety culture emanating from founder Soichiro Honda, who was famous for making worker safety the No. 1 priority.

Paul Bomberger


Paul Bomberger


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Date:Nov 1, 2011
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