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Safety First: The Cost of Slip-and-Fall Accidents Infographic

Did you know that 95 million work days per year are lost due to slip-and-fall injuries?

Accidents involving slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims, costing an average of $20,000 per accident and sending 9 million people to the hospital every year.

A few facts:

  • 55%: Wet walking surface is the top cause of falls at 55%
  • 38 days: Average time lost to a fall accident
  • Top occupations for days missed due to occupational injury: Police officer, Janitor, Nurse, etc.

Find out more on what you as a business owner can do to protect your business and your employees in our latest infographic (created for BOLT by Infographic World) and learn about the costs of not being protected.

The Cost of Slip-and-Fall Accidents Infographic
Via: BOLT Insurance

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Jobless rate falls below 8%

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away.

The rate declined from 8.1 percent because the number of people who said they were employed soared by 873,000 — an encouraging sign for an economy that’s been struggling to create enough jobs.

The number of unemployed Americans is now 12.1 million, the fewest since January 2009.

The Labor Department said employers added 114,000 jobs in September. It also said the economy created 86,000 more jobs in July and August than the department had initially estimated.

Wages rose in September. And more people started looking for work.

The revisions show employers added 146,000 jobs per month from July through September, up from 67,000 in the previous three months.

The 7.8 percent unemployment rate for September matches the rate in January 2009, when Obama took office. In the months after Obama’s inauguration, the rate rose sharply and had topped 8 percent for 43 straight months.

The decline in the unemployment rate comes at a critical moment for Obama, who is coming off a weak debate performance this week against GOP challenger Mitt Romney.

The September employment report may be the last that might sway undecided voters. The October jobs report will be released only four days before Election Day.