How Can I Prevent Workplace Accidents?
January 15, 2020
Workplace accidents take place everyday and can leave employees out of work with serious injuries. Although common, there are ways to prevent injuries in the workplace. There is no way to eliminate the possibility of being injured on the job. However, there are certain things that can be done to lower your risk:
- Identify potential safety hazards. Hazards include spills, wires or cords lying in paths, uneven walking surfaces, and loose carpeting. When hazards are identified, steps must be taken to remove or fix the hazard.
- Provide proper training. It is important to train employees about workplace safety. Training should be provided on a regular basis and should also be part of the onboarding process.
- Mark all potential hazards with the proper signs. All signs must be approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Even if these signs are not required by law in your state, they can still protect you and your employees from a serious injury.
- Provide proper equipment. You should provide your employees with the proper equipment based on their specific job. Safety equipment includes gloves, harnesses, and goggles.
- Report all hazards and accidents. It is important to report any hazards or accidents as soon as possible. Even if an injury is minor at the time of the accident, it may become serious over time. You will also want to report an accident as soon as it happens because in most cases, there is a short span of time to report an accident. Failure to report an accident during this span of time may mean losing out on workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Workers’ compensation covers medical bills associated with an employee’s injuries and may also provide monetary benefits to employees who are out of work due to their injuries, regardless of who was at-fault for the accident. Workers’ compensation also provides funeral expenses and death benefits to the family of a deceased employee. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, but at the same time, serves as protection to the employer from potential lawsuits. Laws vary by state, so it is important to be familiar with your state’s laws. If you are confused about the laws surrounding workers’ compensation, you may need a lawyer to help you through the process.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Represent Clients Injured on the Job
If you or someone you know was injured as a result of a workplace accident, contact a Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Our experienced lawyers will fight for your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 888-PITT-LAW.
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