The safety of employees should be one of the priorities of a business owner. Adhering to safety regulation laws ensures that the workplace is designed to minimize accidents and promote the safety and well-being of workers. If the working environment is not safe for work, there can be greater chances of employees filing personal injury claims due to accidents.
Unfortunately, workplace accidents and injuries are very common. Each year, a large portion of the total number of personal injury claims being filed are injuries that occurred within the workplace. When this happens, the employer or business owner can be held liable for the damages incurred due to the injury.
There can be many ways to improve the workplace and ensure the safety of employees. Consider this list, and you are on your way to a safer and more secure working environment.
Posting signs clearly and visibly is a great way to remind employees of the necessary precautions or instructions before performing a certain task. Even the best and safety model employee can forget sometimes. In manufacturing companies, in particular, it is a good practice to display the risks and warnings associated with the job. A simple “wear a helmet” can make a difference to an unalert worker.
Maintaining Equipment And Machines Regularly
Equipment and machines are a significant contributor to the occurrence of accidents. Maintenance of these should be performed on a regular basis to ensure proper functioning. Aside from decreasing the efficiency of the machines and lowering the productivity level of the employees, non-maintenance also poses a safety hazard to the staff.
Providing accessible and thorough training to the staff is perhaps the most important and effective way to minimize risks and occurrence of accidents. No matter how skilled an employee is, if his skills is mismatched with the job or he does not have a single idea about it, accidents are just around the corner. Extensive training on all aspects of the job should be provided, especially to staff members who do not have experience handling certain machines and equipment.
A messy and cluttered working environment increases the possibility of an accident. Electrical cables entangled with one another may cause trips, wet floors can cause slips and falls, and boxes of different heights stacked together can collapse and hit a staff member. Encouraging the employees to maintain the cleanliness of their workspace goes a long way.
Sure, it is important to reward employees for their high productivity and excellent performance of tasks, but it is equally essential and beneficial to reward safety. Make it known that adhering to safety rules and regulations is encouraged and rewarded. Sometimes, we are too focused on the result rather than the process. Try to prioritize safety before anything else.
Providing Safety Tools And Resources
Alongside all these tips, it is also the responsibility of the employer to provide safety tools and resources for the employees to use. The most common safety tools and resources within the workplace include helmets, safety glasses, gloves, boots, and certain devices, among others. Make them accessible to encourage compliance from the workers.
Employee safety is a serious issue and should be taken seriously by both employers and the staff. If safety is compromised, accidents can happen that can injure or kill an employee. Implementing these safety tips to improve the workplace is surprisingly not difficult, is it?
Cindy Dowling, part time writer at Weisblatt Law Firm who offers a fresh take on various law topics with the pieces she writes for local firms. Cindy enjoys a good cup of coffee and a good book whenever she has the time.