Original Date: 09/15/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Workers’ Compensation Claims Review Board
Tooele Army Depot (TEAD) has a Federal Employees’ Compensation Act Claims Review Board that meets weekly. Members include the Depot Commander and directors, safety and occupational health specialists, Depot physician, occupational health nurse, claims administrator, claims investigator, and appropriate supervisors of injured workers. The Board was established in 1987 to deal with critical issues such as workplace accidents and injuries, high dollar costs of claims, impact of downsizing measures, and new job hazards. The Review Board brought together all of the officials involved with these issues and integrated risk management into Depot operations.
The Board meets weekly and takes a proactive approach to understanding what occurred and how to prevent similar accidents in the future. The Board discusses specific causes of accidents, preventive and corrective actions, and accuracy of record keeping as well as analyzing operations. Injuries are reviewed, and workers are evaluated for the potential to return to work or light duty. These meetings and reviews also provide compensation investigators with the background to pursue an investigation if necessary.
The Board instituted many initiatives to prevent and reduce injuries such as training, fitness programs, safety awareness, and team building. Table 3-1 shows how effective this approach has been in reducing lost time injuries and lost work days since 1992. The key to success has been strong commitment and support from top management.
Table 3-1. Historical Statistics
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Point of Contact for this survey.