WHCA March 2020 Newsletter



Ladder Safety Month

Construction workers are particularly vulnerable. Falls accounted for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS data shows that Ladder-related incidents also contributed to more than 150 workplace fatalities and more than 20,000 nonfatal workplace injuries among all industries that year.  #laddersafetymonth

Find free training resources courtesy of the American Ladder Institute. 

Read the article, Preventing Ladder Injuries – One Step at a Time.


Distractive Driving Month

Did you know that 25% of all car crashes now involve cell phone use? Did you know the leading causes of workplace fatalities are vehicle incidents? 

Learn more about distractive driving.

Find even more resources about distracted driving.

Watch a Video about distracted driving.   


Electronic Reporting – OSHA 300 Record Keeping

March 2nd is the fast-approaching deadline for electronic reporting of Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) 300 records. If you have 250+ employees or 20+ employees in specific industries, you are required to submit your OSHA 300 data online.

List of industry-specific classifications (NAICS codes)

FAQs about Reporting/Recordkeeping Requirements


Workplace Overexertion

Overexertion causes 35% of all work-related injuries and is the No. 1 reason for lost workdays. Regular exercise, stretching and strength training can prevent injury. Likewise, ergonomic assessments can ward off ergonomics injuries often caused by excessive lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, reaching, or stretching.

Read more about overexertion prevention.


WHCA Pays You Back!

The association, through the Retro program, will reimburse up to $2,500 per year when you buy equipment needed to keep your staff working safely. Access the Safety Rebate Form for a complete list of covered items and for instructions to get started!

Download the 2019-2020 Safety Rebate Form PDF


WHCA Safety Resources

Access WHCA and general safety resources. Learn more.

Workers’ Comp News


Best Practices: Return to Work
and Job Offer Letters

Return-to-work options reduce the financial impact on your workers’ compensation premiums. Less time off work equals less impact on the premiums you pay.


With a successful return to work, you retain a valuable employee and limit the financial impact of the claim on your insurance premiums. Employers and employees who remain in close communication and work together are best able to limit time off the job. You can be the catalyst for achieving return-to-work as quickly as possible.


Having a Return to Work program in place is best practice and in turn, reduces uncertainty and delays. When the injury occurs, the employee:

  • Completes an incident report
  • Takes Return to Work form or job description to their initial medical appointment for review by the medical provider.

When the worker returns with the Return to Work form or job description, you will be able to provide a job offer in writing to the worker.


Coupling an approved Return to Work form or job description with a written job offer letter provides protection against time-loss. If your employee chooses not to show up for the job, declines the modified-duty job, is terminated for cause or quits while working the approved modified-duty job, they are no longer entitled to time-loss after the start date of the written job offer.


While the formal return-to-work process above is a best practice, an employee can return to work at any time through a verbal offer or agreement.


Additional benefits of a written job offer letter can include Stay-at-Work reimbursements including the ability to purchase and be reimbursed for job modifications, preventing unnecessary vocational services (and the associated costs) from being assigned on a claim, and Preferred Worker benefits.


For more information on Return to Work or job offer letters please contact your ERNwest claims manager. Download the Incident Reporting Poster for a helpful visual.


Upcoming Training

Select the dates below for more information about ERNwest-specific trainings and to register.


March 3, Expect the Unexpected: DOSH Compliance and Inspection (Webinar)

March 17, Fundamentals of Claims Management* (Webinar)

March 24, Providing Kept on Salary and Modified Duty (Webinar)

April 16, Incident Analysis: A Systems Approach (Webinar)


View a list of all ERNwest training

L&I News


Prevention of Coronavirus Exposure in the Workplace

An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named “2019-nCoV”) was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and continues to expand, spreading from person-to-person. Infections with 2019-nCoV, most of them associated with travel from Wuhan, are also being reported in a growing number of international locations, including the United States. The United States reported the first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread with this virus on January 30, 2020. OSHA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued interim recommendations to help prevent workplace exposure and transmission of 2019 n-CoV. Learn more.

Administrator / Executive Director Training
Whether you are new to the Washington Health Care Association (WHCA), new to Retro, new to your position or just have questions, you’ll find helpful information about the benefits and requirements of WHCA Retro membership and how ERNwest can help you succeed with Washington Workers’ Compensation. | Welcome to WHCA Retro


Remember to report all incidents on the ERNwest website so that your claims manager is aware and can help guide you through the process. |  ERNwest.com/report-an-incident


WHCA Retro Questions?
Stephanie Scheurich, WHCA Group Manager
(253) 237-0837 | SScheurich@ernwest.com


WHCA Safety Questions? 
Oscar Granger (253) 237-0819 | OGranger@ernwest.com

Darrell Beaman (Central/Eastern WA) (253) 237-0831 | DBeaman@ernwest.com


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