In the four decades since OSHA’s creation, the rate of workplace accidents has decreased dramatically. Worker injuries and deaths are down significantly, from approximately 38 worker deaths in 1970 to 13 a day in 2011. The increased workplace safety has not been the result of luck; rather, it comes after much hard work and vigilance. Creating and maintaining a safe workplace is no easy task. By creating a culture of safety within the workplace, your organization can flourish as an enjoyable and safe place to work.
- Provide clear work instructions: It is imperative that you as an employer provide your employees with thorough training and clear, written instructions. Further, make sure that each employee reads and acknowledges your safety program.
- Involve your employees in safety planning: Involving your employees in the safety process serves as a great motivator, providing them with a stake and ownership in workplace safety.
- Focus your safety efforts on the most likely problems: Eliminate those safety violations and concerns that most frequently lead to injuries, while still planning for less common but major safety concerns.
- Engineer a safe work area: A work area can include furniture, benches, conveyors, equipment, and vehicles. The layout of the area in which employees are expected to conduct a particular job is critical to preventing injuries.
- Maintain a clean work area: A clean environment is a safe environment. Removing clutter and ensuring clean, dry floors will greatly diminish the chance of slip, trips, and falls.
- Maintain all machinery in good working order: Have a routine maintenance system in place as maintaining machinery is essential to preventing serious injuries
- Supervise each employee thoroughly: By observing your employees as they work, you will identify any unsafe practices in time to correct them. You can also identify any employees who are performing tasks in an improved manner that could be adapted by all employees, as well as those who are taking possibly dangerous short cuts.
- Encourage your employees to report any safety concerns to management: Employees often have vital insight into potential safety issues. Creating an environment that encourages employee communication concerning safety will allow you to correct safety issues before injuries occur.
- Remove and avoid any unnecessary hazards: Do routine inspections of the entire workplace to identify any unnecessary hazards and promptly remove them.
- Revisit your safety guidelines regularly: At least once a year, inspect your workplace and review your safety program. Update and make any necessary changes to address current issues.
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It is our hope that these safety tips and increased federal regulations over the workplace will decrease the incidence of workplace accidents. If you are injured during the course and scope of employment, the Lenexa, Kansas Workplace Accident Lawyer at the law firm of Michael R. Lawless, P.A. can help. Our law firm is committed to seeing injured workers recover for their medical bills, lost wages, oncoming disability, and more. For over 27 years, we have helped injured workers through the complex workers’ compensation process, towards a full recovery. If you have questions about your rights following an accident or need assistance with your claim, the law firm of Michael R. Lawless can help. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential workplace accident case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA by calling our office locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771. You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.