Obesity is an epidemic in the United States. It’s a concern for public health officials, but also for risk managers. Overweight workers can complicate on-the-job injuries, extending the length and cost of workers comp claims.
WRIN.tv speaks with Kevin Glennon, a vice president at One Call Care Management, about ways to manage the obese and injured worker. According to Mr. Glennon, “42% of our population is considered obese, and by 2030 … 51% of the population will be overweight or obese.”
When discussing how obesity impacts workers comp claims, Mr. Glennon says that “…when you look at the other factors associated with obesity, hypertension, poor circulation, and heart disease lead to longer recovery times. With longer recovery times, you have increased medical expense and increased indemnity.”
According to Mr. Glennon, “You need to be really proactive in dealing with the injured worker; dealing with the comorbid factors up front….an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” To prevent claims, Mr. Glennon believes companies should promote a healthy work environment, and implement programs for weight reduction and preventative healthcare that look at hypertension.
Risk managers should “be as proactive as possible …looking at socioeconomics, family and comorbid factors … as red flags that may hinder the recovery process.”
If you’d like more information on management of costs associated with the obese and injured worker, visit the One Call Care Management website.
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