Employers and employees in a variety of industries are typically aware of responsibilities for safety when it comes to the workplace. While safety programs and training are important, there are three basic things everyone can do to reduce the chance of accidents in the workplace.
First, everyone can pay attention to good housekeeping. Whether you work in an office or manage a construction site, cleanliness is a good way to create safety. Something as simple as a coffee spill can turn into a dangerous situation if it is left alone. Staff should not wait for cleaning personnel to come along, but should address messes or spills immediately. At the every least, proper signage should warn people of such dangers.
Other housekeeping measures that can increase safety include keeping areas free of clutter and dusting regularly. Dust can be a fire hazard in certain situations. Employers and employees should also maintain all equipment and electronics appropriately to avoid injury.
The next thing everyone can do to help reduce accidents is avoid overconfidence. Overconfidence leads workers to handle equipment or jobs without reading instructions, for example. Be confident in your work and your skills, but always take time to refresh yourself about policies and instructions.
Finally, both employers and employees should avoid shortcuts. Shortcuts not only reduce the quality of any possible output in a process, but they can also increase the likelihood of accidents. Be honest and reasonable about how long something will take and how much it will cost, regardless of your industry, so you don’t feel pressured to take shortcuts that could put yourself or your coworkers at risk.
Even when you follow all these tips, accidents can and do happen. Understand your rights as a worker and what your options regarding workers’ compensation are so you can seek full compensation for your injuries. That compensation helps you recover so you might be a viable part of the workforce again.
Source: Safety Partners, LTD., “7 Most Common Causes of Workplace Accidents,” accessed March 11, 2016