From heavy construction to office management, workplace accidents can occur in any industry in any environment. These injuries can range from a sprain that can quickly heal under a doctor’s care to spinal cord trauma that could dramatically impact the rest of an employee’s life. Fortunately, after an accident, employees are likely entitled to seek workers’ compensation to provide financial stability as they return to a pre-injury state. In fact, in 2018, employees received nearly $60 billion in workers’ compensation.
No matter the workplace, managers and supervisors are encouraged to build a safe working environment. Workers should remain alert for any types of red flags that could signal an unsafe environment, including:
- Lack of regular safety training: Whether it is a new hire or ongoing safety reminders, the organization’s leadership must ensure that all workers recognize the dangers they might face and how to avoid them. Training and ongoing reminders can take the form of classroom attendance, signs, stand-up meetings and warnings posted around dangerous materials or equipment. Training sessions could reiterate previous safety information or discuss new concepts, such as hazard awareness, ergonomics, etc.
- Lack of proper safety equipment: Protective or safety equipment reduces the chances of injury. Therefore, leadership must ensure this equipment is readily available where employees need it. Then, following from the previous note, the organization must provide training and guidance to ensure the employees understand how to properly use the equipment.
- Lack of facility maintenance: Failing to complete regular maintenance can cause additional dangers for employees. Therefore, managers must make sure the building and equipment are clean, organized and well-maintained.
- Lack of open communication: Not only should managers communicate hazards employees could face, but they should invite open communication about safety within the company. Leadership should talk about why a safety culture is important and encourage employees to share any hazards they find.
Workplace accidents can occur no matter the industry or the environment. It is wise, therefore, for employers and employees to remain vigilant regarding safety at all times. Worker injuries can range from simple muscle sprain to devastating head trauma. Do not hesitate to alert your employer to a dangerous situation at the workplace.