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Does your company embrace the safety culture?

A lot of workplace accidents are avoidable if there's an emphasis in that workplace on safety.

A company with a true focus on the culture of safety is clearly more concerned with the well-being of its employees than a company that merely pays safety lip service to it. How can you tell if the company you work for passes muster or just passes the buck to its employees when it comes to safety issues?

  1. Management should take the lead and make certain that no employee starts a new position without the appropriate safety training and personal protective equipment necessary to do that job.

  2. Safety policies should be clearly explained to all employees and posted throughout the building.

  3. Periodic refresher training needs to be given to employees and spot checks need to be performed to see that safety measures are being followed.

  4. Personal protective equipment is not "one size fits all." There are varying-sized gloves, earplugs, safety glasses and harnesses to fit employees of different sizes. If the right size isn't available, the issue isn't shrugged off. Workers get assigned elsewhere until the right personal protective equipment is supplied.

  5. There should be regular inspections of the equipment that employees are using. A poorly-maintained piece of machinery can end up maiming an employee for life. Outdated equipment that doesn't have the latest safety improvements should be replaced.

When it is done right, safety becomes a company-wide responsibility. Employees should feel empowered to let management know that there are safety issues that need addressed, and management should be responsive to those needs. This makes the company and its employees partners when it comes to ensuring that safety procedures are being followed.

One of the top signs that a company has a true focus on safety is the existence of a formal process through which employees can request corrective action over a safety issue. That gives employees genuine power over their own health and well-being -- and keeps the company aware of issues as they develop instead of finding out only after someone gets injured.

If you've been injured in a workplace accident that could have been avoided through better safety procedures, talk to an attorney today to make sure that your rights to compensation are protected.

Source: Arbill, "Building A Culture Of Safety: 6 Steps To Take Today," Julie Copeland, accessed Aug. 22, 2017

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