Did you know that almost 100 workers die every week while on the job?
Tragically, many of these deaths, as well as lesser injuries are entirely preventable. Cuts, collisions, strains, and falls are common workplace injuries.
How can you prevent workplace injuries and transform your workplace into a safe environment?
It’s not hard if you follow these easy tips. Here’s what you need to do.
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Promote a Culture of Safety
First, it starts with developing and promoting a culture of safety. Employees who feel safe are more confident and are likely to stay longer than employees who feel unsafe.
Every worker needs to understand what safety risks are inherent to their job site. They need to know how they can get injured on the job, as well as how to minimize the risks of injuries.
This culture has to come from the top down and permeate every level of your business.
Educate and Train Your Staff
Ongoing staff training and education are essential to ensure everyone knows the dangers of their job, how to prevent accidents, proper attire for the job, and what to do in the event of an injury.
This includes teaching your staff about workers’ comp (a disability insurance program required in most states) and how it works. The exact details of what workers comp covers and how it works vary, so check out a site like wesellworkerscomp.com for more in-depth coverage.
Your workplace likely requires a dress code for safety, but it shouldn’t stop there. Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is essential for many roles. PPE may include items such as gloves, earplugs, goggles, hard hats, or other similar equipment.
Once assigned to your employees, teach them how to properly use their PPE.
Don’t Use Shortcuts
Taking shortcuts will increase the risk to workplace safety. No one wants to get injured at work, especially when it’s the result of someone taking a shortcut. Make sure your employees are clear on what their tasks are and how they should be accomplished.
Check for Hazards
Out of all the safety tips mentioned so far, this one seems the most obvious, but it’s very easy to neglect. Regular site and equipment inspections can keep everyone safe.
Hazards can be more than faulty equipment. Make sure your workplace is clean, orderly, and well-lit.
What are some common workplace hazards you should look for?
They may include:
- Extreme temperatures
- Loud noises
- Vapors and fumes
- Improperly adjusted workstations
- Electrical hazards
- Spills and tripping hazards
Look for these and other hazards, and have a plan for what to do when a hazard is identified.
Prevent Workplace Injuries With These Tips
Whether minor or serious, workplace injuries are preventable. However, workplace safety has to be everyone’s responsibility. If your entire staff is not invested in safety, then it’s likely a preventable injury will occur sooner or later.
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