Personal injuries to employees can be very devastating for businesses, especially the small businesses which have few employees available to take on the new roles when the injured employee is on leave. While the workers’ compensation insurance will help cover the medical costs and replace the injured worker’s lost income, your company or business will have to absorb all the costs associated with the reduced productivity, accident investigation, training replacement employees, and so on. The best way of minimizing these indirect costs of personal injuries at the workplace and the related insurance cost, is to prevent personal injuries from happening in the 1st place. In this article, we have complied a list of actions business owners must take to prevent employee personal injuries;
1. Provide Appropriate Training
It is absolutely invaluable to offer proper training to your workers when it comes to workplace safety practices. You need to train your employees about workplace safety and exactly how to identify potential hazards. You can include workplace safety training as a part of employee on-boarding, and then offer some refresher training courses on a regular basis. Additionally, you can include first aid training so that your employees can be able to respond effectively in case an accident occurs.
2. Provide Proper Equipment
All of your employees should be well be equipped for their particular jobs. The equipment may vary from proper gloves and goggles, to safety harnesses. You employees should be taught how to properly use the work equipment, and other protection gear like goggles, gloves, face protection, ear muffs, safety shoes, hard hats, among others. Providing your employees with the right tools means that your employees will not have to improvise, thus preventing personal injuries at the workplace. To learn more about personal injuries at the workplace, you can contact Zlotolow and Associates P.C.
3. Eliminate Shortcuts
Many times, personal injuries happen when employees skip some steps and take shortcuts to complete their job ahead of the schedule, or when they are in a hurry. You should make sure that all of the instructions are clearly organized and followed to the letter, so as to prevent mishaps at the workplace. Instead of allowing your employees to take shortcuts, you should make sure they follow all of the safety instructions and get the task/job done right.
4. Keep the Workplace Clean and Tidy
Many business owners do not think of cleanliness/tidiness as a deterrent to personal injuries, but the fact of the matter is workplace order does significantly diminish the chances of personal injuries. A cluttered, disorderly, and unclean work space is much more difficult to maneuver efficiently, and employees are much more prone to the potential hazards. You should make sure that employees adhere to even the simple things like putting computer cords and cables properly, so that they do not create a tripping hazard. Regardless of your work environment, keeping the work area tidy, clean, organized, and well maintained decreases chances of personal injuries.
5. Research Safety Vulnerabilities
You should assess the work environment with a keen critical eye, paying close attention to the workplace layout, adequacy of storage, among such other aspects. Go through your entire business and carefully think about the possible personal injury risks, then clearly outline the steps which should be taken to rectify the problem(s). You can include your workers in risk assessment, because they can be of great help in providing insights into the areas which you may not realize carry risks. You should also encourage your employees to report any newly identified hazards so that you can respond appropriately.