At home or work, injuries hurt productivity

Employers shouldn't ignore the bottom-line costs of injuries outside the workplace
By Martin Lesperance
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

I

t was a warm Saturday afternoon in November. Richard was hanging Christmas lights on his house. A couple of feet to go, and the entire house would be lit for the season.

He was about five feet up on the ladder when he reached too far to the side, lost his balance and came crashing to the ground. The few minutes it would have taken him to move his ladder a foot closer cost him a fractured pelvis, a fractured thighbone and a smashed kneecap. Richard would be off work for four months as a result of this “accident.”