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Avoiding accidents in the workplace

Workplace accidents cost money in the short and long term, why wouldn’t you want to prevent them?

As a business owner, you live in a risky world. Your business is at risk to the whims of your clients, the local and global economy, the behavior of the weather, the strength of the industry, etc. Don’t let it be at risk to the health of your employees. Create a working environment that encourages healthy and safe working practices and actively avoids accidents. It is always better to prevent than to pay the price of mistakes. So…

Why do you need to put preventative measures in place?

You’re a good person:

  • As an employer, you should want your employees to work in a safe and healthy environment.
  • You became an entrepreneur for a reason. Be the kind of leader that cares for the people you are leading.
  • A happy and healthy employee is a loyal and productive employee.

The government says so:

  • OSHA sets the minimum standards that your business needs to uphold if you have employees.
  • OSHA protects employees’ rights when it comes to health and safety infractions.
  • OSHA also protects your rights as the business owner against fraudulent insurance claims.
  • OSHA provides many resources for business owners from training tools to step-by-step guidance.

If you don’t, it costs you money:

  • to pay out insurance claims (workers compensation),
  • to bring in replacement employees,
  • to retrain employees according to OSHA standards,
  • to stop your workflow while any hazardous issues are corrected, and
  • to do PR work if the accident was fatal and a result of OSHA violations.

You can avoid all of this headache and hassle by simply ensuring that your business runs safely and healthily.

Implementing the general basics in preventing workplace accidents:

There are very simple things that you can do as a business owner to minimize workplace accidents:

  • Implement reasonable working hours with the legally required break times. Tired and overworked employees are more prone to accidents.
  • Make counseling services readily available to your employees. Mental strain is the same as physical strain. Employees who feel heard will, in turn, care for your business and not put themselves in harm’s way.
  • Have first aid kits and fire extinguishers accessible at all times. A good idea is to have a designated employee (or all of your employees) trained in basic first aid.
  • Devise an emergency exit plan in place that is communicated effectively to your employees.
  • Don’t skimp on safety equipment. Employees who feel cared for will be more careful and less reckless in their work.
  • Fix hazards on the spot. A cable on the floor can trip someone and cause an accident. Put some tape over it immediately.
  • Talk to your employees about the state of the equipment (or environment) that they are working with. They will know what is broken, old, at-risk, and dangerous. Make them feel heard and then implement their suggestions.
  • Look for the industry-specific standards to follow. These will give you specific guidelines to follow in your industry to avoid accidents.

Be proactive instead of reactive.

Preventing an accident is better than dealing with the emotional and financial fallout of one. Contact us to see how we can BETTER help your business reduce workplace accidents.

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