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Keeping employees safe is one of the essential rules in the workplace. While some employers invest in the right equipment and safety gear, some employers think that pointing out where the fire exits and posting the building’s layout is enough. Well, we all know it is not and getting an injured employee will cost more money than making sure that the workplace is safe.
Below are some of the important things to remember to keep your employees safe at work:
Create a Safe Workplace
Most accidents in the working area, regardless of what industry it is, occur on the floor. According to the National Safety Council’s (NSC) 2016 data, falling from a height and falls on the same level injury have recorded a whopping 22,090 injuries, 111 deaths, and this is from professional and business services alone. Imagine the numbers at the construction sites and other dangerous workplaces.
The best way to avoid these accidents is to make sure that the floor, staircases and elevated area are free from debris that may cause tripping. Spilled liquid on the surface, especially oil and other slippery substance should be cleaned right away, and don’t forget the “wet floor” sign. Warning signs should be placed on an elevated surface to inform the employees about the change in elevation.
The dirty workplace can pose a health and safety hazard for employees. Make sure that restrooms are cleaned at least once a day, as well as pantries and cafeterias, are free from contamination and pests. Make sure that the establishment is following the proper sanitary procedures.
Make sure that all tools and equipment are in good condition and electric wires are properly wrapped. Have your employees trained on emergency procedures, like what to do in case of fire or earthquake. Conduct safety drills, mark the exits, post the emergency contact numbers, and place the first-aid kites on areas that can be easily seen.
Provide Protective Gears and Safety Equipment and Training
Twenty-five percent of injuries at work are caused by contact with objects and equipment, says NSC. These accidents and injuries mostly occur in hazardous jobs such as police and firemen; transportation and shipping, manufacturing, installation, maintenance and repair; and construction.
Injuries can be avoided in these fields if the employee is wearing protective gear like hard hats/helmets, safety shoes, proper gloves, goggles, and protective outerwear. Make sure that the employee who is going to use the equipment or vehicle is well trained and in good shape.
Accidents at work strike unexpected. To make sure that your employee is completely protected at work, it is wise to get a workers compensation plan to keep the employees’ compensation under control.
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