It’s an employer’s responsibility to make sure that the workplace is safe and free from known and preventable hazards. This is true in every industry for every company. Everyone, from the owner of the company to the most recent hire must be able to recognize dangers on the job and must be properly trained to complete the tasks for which they’ve been hired. Dangers must be identified and eliminated. But you’re going to need a program in place to make sure that this is completed efficiently.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workers and their employers are urged to take that responsibility seriously. Officials with OSHA are here to help, to reduce the risks for work-related accidents, injuries, illnesses and deaths. Not only is it a federal law to keep workers safe, but it should be a moral law, too!
Our North Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys understand how important it is to invest in safety practices and procedures on the job. As a matter of fact, officials with OSHA say that an effective health and safety program on the work site can save an employer up to $6 for every $1 they invest. Not only should employers be investing in employee safety, they should also recognize that this is an investment that’s going to benefit them, too. These kind of programs, when effective, have the ability to lower overall costs, increase productivity of workers as well as maintain a higher worker morale. Safety and health programs are a win-win for everyone. Employers save money and employees are better insulated from on-the-job injury.
Work accident are often quite costly. However, there is an opportunity for a significant savings in lost workdays as well as workers’ compensation payouts when the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities are reduced through proper safety training and other initiatives.
One of the best things that you can do to help to reduce these risks is to comply with OSHA’s safety and health standards. Compliance with voluntary programs is also highly encouraged. In the end, taking a proactive approach to workplace safety can save time and money.
You need to make sure that these kinds of programs are tailored to fit your company and your workplace. There are five components that complete a comprehensive safety and health program, including education, training, prevention, control participation and evaluation.
Everyone has to work toward a common goal — safety!
It’s important that workers and employers communicate. Make sure that your company’s safety and health policy is clearly posted in the workplace. Make sure that everyone is involved in making policies to maintain a safe environment.
Lastly, hold regular meetings to discuss your efforts and how they are working — and make the necessary changes to improve your work-safety program!
If you or a loved one has been injured at work, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Protecting Your Rights as a N.C. Employee, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, September 11, 2012
Celebrating Labor Rights Week and Protecting Workers Along the Way, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, August 28, 2012