One of the most important tools in preventing workplace injuries is not a specific type of safety gear, but a general workplace culture that makes it clear that safety is valued. This is how a business owner can change the way that employees work and prevent injuries.
How can an owner create that type of culture? Here are a few important things owners should do:
- Offer proper safety training every time they get new equipment or when an employee has to work with equipment that is new to them.
- Make sure that health and safety topics are things that workers understand and have a broad base of knowledge about.
- Define the safety culture clearly and communicate to workers that creating it is of the utmost importance.
- Make sure that all workers know that they should never have a priority — such as getting a job done quickly — that comes above getting that job done safely.
- Invest both time and money into safety, even if that impacts the bottom line and means that the company earns less on the year than it could.
- Have regular meetings to discuss safety and make sure that employees know that there are going to be ramifications if they are ever caught breaking the safety regulations that are in place.
If you do not feel like your boss has communicated this side of the safety culture to you and then you get injured on the job, you need to know what legal steps to take. The unfortunate reality is that many workers get injured every year, but they can often seek various types of compensation that will help them gain the financial and medical support they need.