Whether you are a business owner or an employee, workplace safety should be a top priority. No one should ever feel unsafe when they go to work. By following proper safety protocols, the workplace becomes a more inviting and productive place for everyone. Employees can avoid injuries, worker retention can remain high, and workers’ compensation claims can remain low.Here are the seven reasons why workplace safety should be the top priority for everyone involved in the operation of a business. To explore your options after an on-the-job accident, KJT Law Group’s injury lawyers can explain more. Call (818) 507-8525 to begin a free case review.
Workplace Safety Prevents Injuries and Illnesses
By following all Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) guidelines, an employer can ensure they do everything within their power to prevent injuries and illnesses in the workplace, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord trauma
- Orthopedic injuries, such as avulsions
- Internal bleeding
- Torn ligaments
- Nerve damage
- Third- and fourth-degree burns
- The development of life-threatening injuries, such as cancer or respiratory disorders
Failing to train their employees or taking shortcuts when it comes to safety and sanitation can make a job more dangerous for everyone. It is vital that all employers teach their employees about workplace safety and ensure they conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. Otherwise, they could be liable for any injuries or illnesses that arise.
A Safe Work Environment Increases Productivity
According to Injury Prevention, workplace injuries decrease productivity and cost billions of dollars each year. Keeping employees safe and healthy is key to the operation of any successful business.
If employees are fearful that their actions could lead to a dangerous situation, then they are less likely to undertake that action. Proper training can give them the confidence they need to be as productive as possible. This can lead to:
- Efficient workflow and processes
- Increased employee morale
- High employee engagement
- Better communication
- Better employee retention rates
Employees Want to Work for Employees Who Prioritize Safety
No matter what type of business you own or work for, injuries or illnesses can take place. Working jobs that require the use of heavy machinery, long driving hours, or just extended periods sitting in front of a computer can all produce negative health results. Every worker wants to work for a company that will keep them safe and provides them with a positive work experience.
If you are an employer who has an outstanding reputation in a field, then in all likelihood, you are going to attract the best people in their profession. This will continue to make your company one that people strive to work for.
Workplace Safety Measures Improve Social Standing in the Community
In addition to attracting great employees, businesses with great workplace safety will also attract others within their community. Other companies and organizations are more likely to do business with a company that is considered safe than one that is not.
This could lead to:
- A competitive advantage
- More advertising opportunities
- Increased business partnerships and collaborations
- Higher credibility
- Better retention and employee morale
Each of these things can help your company increase its reach and social standing within the community, ultimately helping you achieve greater social goals.
Prioritizing Safety Creates a More Fulfilling Life for Everyone
OSHA has conducted studies over the years that show that happier employees are more likely to remain with a business longer than unhappy employees. Employees want to feel valued and safe while also working hours that do not create hazards.
Some benefits of retention include increased:
- Customer satisfaction
- Team dynamics and collaboration
- Employee morale and engagement
- Cost savings on training
- Knowledge retention
Stability is important to any workplace. It prevents shifting relationships, resentment, and other issues that impede productivity. What’s more, by following OSHA regulations, a business can help its employees lead more fulfilling lives.
Injury Prevention Avoids Legal Issues
Per the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), all employees in California are entitled to workers’ compensation coverage. While many claimants can get coverage under this law, the process isn’t always easy. The insurance company may deny the claim, creating various legal headaches.
In most cases, employees can’t sue their employers. However, if an employee believes that egregious negligence led to their injuries, this could open an employer up to liability.
Making Workplace Safety a Priority Reduces a Business’s Costs
In addition to preventing businesses from having to pay expensive workers’ compensation claims, workplace safety can lead to reduced costs across the board. For instance, if equipment is properly maintained and employees are properly trained, the likelihood of an accident greatly decreases.
Accidents, even those that do not result in serious injuries, can be very expensive for businesses. While preventative measures may initially seem expensive, in the long run, they can protect an employer from paying for medical bills, lost income, and various other damages.
What Happens if I Suffer a Workplace Injury?
As noted, every employee in California is entitled to workers’ compensation coverage. This offers compensation for medical bills and most of your lost income if you suffer an on-the-job injury. Depending on the severity of your condition, you could also get damages for vocational rehabilitation and funeral costs (if you lost a loved one).
To settle a workers’ compensation case, you must show that:
- You were engaged in work-related activities when the incident happened.
- Intoxication or horseplay did not contribute to the incident.
Unlike personal injury cases, workers’ compensation operates on a no-fault system, meaning you don’t have to show that negligence led to your injury. Rather, you prove that you suffered an illness or injury on the job, and you deserve compensation.
You Have Options Following a Workplace Accident
There are endless benefits of workplace safety. However, despite these benefits, not all employees keep the premises safe. If you suffered a workplace injury, you have financial recovery options. Based on your situation, you could file a third-party liability claim and a workers’ compensation claim. KJT Law Group offers free consultations to injured claimants. To learn more, call (818) 507-8525 today. There’s no obligation to work with us––just an opportunity to ask questions.