The last thing you want to deal with as a budding company is a workplace incident or injury. Workplace injuries can result not only in physical damage but also in needless distress for workers and employers. Of course, even work experts could be the victim of accidents at work, so nobody is excluded.
Accidents from Slipping, Falling and Tripping
Slips, trips and falls are the second most common accident in the workplace. Several business owners find slip-and-fall accidents to be an issue for both employees and customers, so it is critical that businesses are taking care to have the proper protocols in place to prevent falls, as well as business insurance and public liability insurance to save your business a huge cash pay-out if you are found liable.
Although a wet floor may cause a slip-and-fall accident in the workplace, similar accidents can be attributed to uneven work surfaces, slippery ice walkways, and object-hazards left on a walkway.
Accidents that occur from Contact with Hazardous Objects, Equipment and Harmful Substances
Approximately 75% of “struck-by” accidents are caused by heavy equipment, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Accidents that occur in this category are most times unlikely but often stem from poor safety training, inattention from workers, or just unforeseen circumstances that lead to “struck-by” fatalities.
They include injuries such as; a heavy tool falling on a worker’s head from above, an uncompleted wall crushing its builders, accidents from radiation and inhalation of chemicals and harmful gases in the laboratory, oxygen deficiency, and extreme temperatures.
Injuries from these can be instantly devastating or develop into something much more over time.
Effect of Workplace Accidents
The impact of workplace accidents can have varying effects on employees and employers, too. There can be psychological effects, including depression and anxiety, which reduces productivity and output. These impacts can also cause a ripple effect on the employee’s life outside work, transferring it to once enjoyable activities with friends and families.
However, negligence on the part of a company that leads to an accident or bodily harm can have significant financial and legal consequences. Compensation lawsuits of employees can occur as well as potential litigation. Even just one single litigation can greatly impair business growth and can even lead a company to bankruptcy.
Tips to Prevent Workplace Accidents
The best way to avoid accidents at work is through a proactive safety plan. With proactive steps in place, you and your staff will build a culture of safety and a tailored accident prevention system.
These tips include:
? Promote safety education and awareness through regular safety meetings and workplace health training.
? Convey information about safety precautions with effective signage that clearly defines dangerous areas and possible hazards such as walls, spills, harmful materials or other hazards.
? Remember to always have clean-up equipment readily available at your office, to clean up spills whenever they happen.
? Provide adequate ventilation to keep toxic substances or other unknown particles from being inhaled by your workers.
? Ensure appropriate workwear that is essential to avoid injuries, such as hard hats or slip-resistant shoes.
Accidents happen; there is no avoiding that. Nonetheless, you should take action to shield your employees and customers from preventable workplace accidents. Not only does it help keep your employees safe, but it will also protect you from expensive lawsuits and workers’ compensation expenses.