Accidents at the workplace do happen and they can be fatal sometimes. Many business owners do not look at the costs if any worker is hurt, until it happens. That is the main reason why it is very important to investigate the measures that will minimize or eliminate accidents at work. You don’t want to bring down your business when a worker goes to court and sues you for poor health or unsafe working conditions.
Let us take a look and see what can you do to prevent work accidents.
Provide safe working gear
Providing proper working equipment is essential in every business. Different companies need different working gears. Whether your workers need gloves, eye protection or overalls, make sure they are readily available. For construction companies, provide safety casters which make it easier for the workers to work with heavy loads. Safety Casters minimize chances of the workforce hurting their feet, arms, and backs when using improper carrying techniques.
Safety and wellness plan
Safety and wellness plan keeps workers safe, it also ensures that they have a good working environment. For a better performing workforce, encourage good working relationships, healthy meals, sufficient exercise and mental peace. When you have a stress-free team, the performance is boosted and chances to get injured are minimal.
Sometimes employees are overwhelmed by loads of work and lack of breaks, as the lack of staff simply means that an overload of work, which should be handled by additional workers, must be done with fewer workers. Therefore, increasing the chances to get injured.
Workers concentration levels go down, as they need to work faster, and that’s when the accident happens. When you have enough people in the team to handle your projects, operations should run smoothly, resulting with minimising the chances of workers handling long shifts. With enough staffing, the employees can focus on hazards at work.
Keep the workplace organised
A clean and a well organized working environment is less likely to produce injuries since everything is visible and tidy. A disorganized workplace can be unsafe, as an oil spillage, for instance, could cause slip and fall accidents, which could result with an injury, or a loose shelf could cause heavy items to fall on a worker and cause an injury. Tracey Solicitors compiled a list of the most common workplace accidents, knowing where the danger might be should help you organise better. Therefore, ensure that the working environment is well cleaned, organised and well-marked.
What to do in the event of an injury/accident/incident
Even with the best precautions taken, in the workplace, accidents do happen, but how your employees handle the situation make the difference. Have a written procedure that managers should follow when such an incident occurs.
Caring for the injured immediately
Your workers' safety comes first! As soon as an accident happens, ensure you get the injured employee treatment as soon as possible. Call the paramedics if the injury is bad, or take him to a local hospital. Additionally, you can get in contact with your or worker’s compensation carrier for discussion of the medical cover.
Secure the Scene
Sometime, the accident site should be secured for investigation procedures. Limit access to the accident site to avoid more injuries and tampering with the investigation. Any materials that may have caused the incident such as ladders should not be moved.
Fill in necessary paperwork
Once the worker receives a proper treatment and the accident scene is secured, start filling in the necessary paperwork for medical insurance claims. Any workplace related incident should be reported to the insurance company that covers your injured worker within 24 hours. Some compensation carriers offer programs to their clients on how medical covers are compensated. Consult your agent for more information regarding your employees’ medical covers and compensations to avoid solicitors.
Initiate a return to work program
Accidents and minor injuries can sometimes take more than two weeks to heal. When an employee stays off the job for long, he may find it difficult to come back or fit in when he is back. In order to help that injured workers get back to work, you could come up with a transitional program. The program keeps off the employee on the disability list, and also lowers the cost for the employer.
You can never say your workplace is the safest. Some incidents crop up and can be hazardous. As an employer, always be on the lookout for procedures or equipment that may be dangerous or harmful to your staff. Refresh your workforce first aid skill every now and then, look for potential treats, and most importantly, talk to your staff, as they will be able to point to some treats that you might be missing.