As our Rock Hill workers compensation lawyers recently reported on our blog, the U.S. work force is growing stronger and bigger as the economy recovers and more and more residents are heading back to work. With the start of the New Year and the increase in employed residents, we are urging employers and companies to take this time to look at their current injury-prevention programs, which are often the first to take a hit during economic downturns. It’s the perfect time to reevaluate your job’s current injury-prevention program. These programs can not only be used to protect employees, but they’ve also been proven to improve the business overall.
According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an injury and illness prevention program is a proactive way for employers find and fix hazards that can be found on the job before they cause a work-related accident in Rock Hill and elsewhere. Without these programs, jobs can be dangerous, employees can be severely injured and needless costs can drain your company’s bank account.
Having these programs in place will help employers see a significant reduction in the number of workplace injuries. In addition to reducing the risks, employers with safety programs often report a higher productivity rate, greater employee satisfaction, reduced costs, reduced turnover rates and an increase in product quality.
Currently, 34 states require employers to implement these kinds of programs. The key to a successful program includes hazard prevention, hazard identification and assessment, employee participation, management leadership, program evaluation and improvement, education and training.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) was signed into law about 40 years ago and since then there has been an approximate 60 percent decrease in the number of work-related injuries and fatalities. Even with the reduction, there are far too many work-related accidents every year in the United States.
-There are about a dozen people who are killed on the job every day.
-More than 4,500 people die as the result of a work-related accident every year.
-Each year, more than 4 million workers suffer a serious work-related injury or illness.
Accident prevention programs can help to significantly reduce these numbers. Under the OSH Act, employers are required to “furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.”
Having a prevention measure enforced on the job at every work site, employers can avoid significant costs that are associated with illnesses and injured that occur on the job.
These types of programs can help employers to cut costs and stop a disruption is business. According to Liberty Mutual, direct costs of the most disabling workplace injuries in 2008 totaled more than $50 billion.
If you or a loved one has been experienced an injury on the job in Rock Hill or elsewhere in the Carolinas, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential appointment. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney about your claim today.
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