Worker’s compensation payouts rank higher and higher each year, up to approximately $7.2 trillion total for the 135.6 million employees covered.
With both medical bills needing coverage and lost wages needing to be paid, there must be steps a business can take to ensure for fewer, hopefully zero, injuries at work. These are a strong foundation for that.
1. Train Accordingly
Harm reduction starts with proper education and training. A system of standards and practices needs to be in place with every new employee passing through an appropriate training program before being “live”.
There needs to be a regular review of safety procedures so that all individuals are kept up to date on policy, procedure, and the law.
While, initially, this may take some extra time the time that it saves by preventing accidents and injury cases far outweighs any time spent training. Money lost to accidents is far more costly than taking extra time for training.
2. Sufficient PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
For some work, there is no avoiding potential injury without protective gear, no matter how well trained the employee is. Workers do, however, need to be sufficiently trained on the proper use of any protective gear.
Standard business housekeeping needs to keep track of the items used and the amounts, important PPE includes but is not limited to;
- Face protection
- Ear protection
- Hard hats
It is up to the supervisor to enforce the requirements for each employee working, confirming that they have and know how to properly use all PPE items that the company requires.
3. Inspection Routine
Be sure to establish a schedule and routine for inspections. Make sure that it is on a time frame ><
To best keep with OSHA regulations you can also hire third-party auditors to come and aid in the inspection process. They may be able to find things that you have not and offer an unbiased eye.
4. Calm, Stress-free Work Environment
When a worker is feeling stressed and under unneeded stress, they are very likely to cut corners and take shortcuts. This is where many accidents occur, even when the employee is otherwise a quality worker.
Open dialog is the key to a more relaxed, stress-free, workplace. Deadlines are essential for any company to operate properly, no argument there. What is needed is consistent communication as things may change.
With healthy interaction between co-workers, supervisors, and any department there is strength built and stress removed. Workers at ease are more focused and less likely to slip up potentially leading to accidents.
5. Wellness In and Out
This includes the hiring and on-boarding process as well. Depending on the position and your business type, physicals can do a great deal of help.
By screening applicants as you hire them you can determine if their placement is both an efficient, from a business standpoint, and a safe decision. If they are overworked they are likely to slow down the process and raise the potential for accidents.
Having this step at the very start can save a great deal of time and money further down the road.
Promoting health and wellbeing outside of the workplace should be a part of the work environment as well. This holistic approach will help both work and home alike.
6. Proper Staffing
Exhaustion can lead to fatigue both mentally and physically. Because of this, staffing requirements must be filled as best as they can be. Tired and overworked employees will cut corners.
These workers are going to try and find the easiest way to get a job done and because of that, the chance of an accident happening rises exponentially.
If you are aware of swells in your business during particular periods, it would be wise to hire on part-time or temporary help. If you do this it will cut down on worker fatigue and with that make accident far less likely.
7. Maintaining Supervision
The safety of a business is not a “set and forget” problem and solution. There is no guarantee that policy and practice will be followed simply because they were written into the handbook.
Keeping with the stress-free environment there should be the sense that any question is open for dialogue. The last thing you need is someone just “hoping for the best” because they felt uncomfortable about confirming something.
The time it takes to ask a question and be certain is much shorter than going back and fixing any number of problems and potential accidents.
8. Utilizing ‘Case Management Software’
Multiple with using these types of software. Not only are you able to collect data for analysis but you can generate accident reports and file them with OSHA should the need arise.
If the worst happens and there is an accident, even after all of your care, you have options. Be sure to visit www.fbrlaw.com for help with worker’s compensation and any disability and accident protections.
On The Move to Prevent Injuries At Work
The methods of prevention and safety are not limited to the list presented today but if you keep to these practices strictly there is no doubt that the number of injuries at work will drop.
They promote a healthy workplace and a detail-oriented workplace. The work that you must initially invest will always outweigh the potential accidents.
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