Author, Drew Garcia, Vice President, Landscape Group, Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, Inc.
Based on Rancho Mesa Insurance Services’ clients’ information, we have been able to identify that the majority of work-related injuries occur within the first year of employment. During the first year, the majority of these claims occur in the first six months. Having a system for on-boarding and training new hires is a critical component to dealing with the heightened risk of injury during this time period.
New Hires Effect Risk Exposure
During the workers’ compensation underwriting process, companies are commonly asked if their payroll will continue to grow, stabilize, or decline. Underwriters can assume that with growing payrolls, the company will be hiring new employees. New employees will likely increase the probability of work-related injuries. Underwriters must take this information into consideration when justifying a premium that will cover the company’s complete risk exposure.
Mitigating the Increase in Premium
It is extremely beneficial for the owner and insurance broker to relay the measures that their company has committed to train, manage, and track new hires. If you are looking for a way to improve your safety efforts, consider focusing on proper new employee onboarding and training to minimize the potential impact claims can have on your company.