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Remaining aware of safety in the workplace

According to a report from a Texas-based insurance company, in a single metro area in the state in 2015, policyholders under one plan reported over 13,000 workplace injuries during the year. That is a large number for a single area and insurance plan, but one expert said paying attention to safety and implementing appropriate safety programs can help reduce injury numbers.

The expert first noted that the vast majority of reported injuries were for issues related to strains and sprains, falls and slips or workers being struck by moving objects while on the job. The accidents ranged in severity, but even minor incidents often involved time away from work. That doesn't just hurt the employee, who might be dealing with medical expenses and lost wages. It also hurts the employer, who is likely to experience a loss in production.

Some common sense approaches to safety by everyone involved can help reduce the chance of injury or accident, reducing hassle for everyone. Slips and falls can be averted with appropriate signage and training. Wet floors should always be covered with appropriate signs, and employees who regularly work in areas with fall risks should be trained to use the right safety equipment and precautions. Spills should be cleaned up as soon as possible, and workers should remove obstacles in pathways to keep everyone safe.

Employers might also consider implementing training on how to safety lift and carry items and should always train new hires well on equipment and tools required for the job. Even if you are fully trained, if you are injured in a workplace accident, you might have a right to seek workers' compensation benefits. For more information about those rights, consider speaking with an employment law professional.

Source: Dallas Business Journal, "Safety programs can reduce workplace accidents," David Wylie, June 06, 2016

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