Workers are the cornerstone of any successful business, so it's important that workplaces, offices, and business environments are as safe as possible at all times. When workers are injured on the job, it creates a ripple effect that impacts multiple facets of the company, including productivity, revenue, and liability exposure. To reduce injury in the workplace, companies should strive to identify and eliminate possible risks. In this week's Aegis blog, learn more about some ways companies can keep workers safer, across all industries.
Strongly Enforce Safety Rules
One of the biggest ways a company can protect worker health and reduce possible injury risks is to take a more proactive approach to safety. It's easy to put up a generic safety poster or warning sign, but these aren't very effective in getting people to adhere to safety regulations. A more proactive approach would be to implement regular safety training sessions, on everything from operating machinery, moving or carrying merchandise, handling spills, basic first aid, proper use of Personal Protective Equipment, and emergency weather conditions. When employees are well trained and know how to maintain safe work environments, accidents and injuries are significantly decreased.
Replace Outdated Equipment and Furnishings
Another way to keep workers safe, whether in a warehouse, retail, restaurant, or office setting, is to ensure that all tools, equipment, and furnishings are in good working condition. This might mean repairing or replacing items such as kitchen equipment, older commercial vehicles, office chairs and desks, and tools and machinery for contractors. Replacing outdated and unsafe equipment can reduce possible worker injuries, but also improve productivity and efficiency.
Identify Safety Gaps Inside and Outside Building
Finally, companies can also make significant improvements in worker safety when they set aside time to regularly inspect and identify possible safety gaps inside and outside the workplace. This might mean inspecting hallways, staircases, parking lots and garages, warehouse and storage areas, and restrooms to ensure there are no tripping or falling hazards. In addition, companies can identify areas where more security lighting is needed, or where additional signs and warnings are needed near blind spots or hazardous materials are stored on site.
Aegis Insurance & Financial Services is committed to helping companies protect what matters most, especially their workforce. Aegis offers comprehensive Workers Compensation and General Liability coverage to protect against losses stemming from injuries or accidents on company property, all at competitive rates. For more information, request a free quote on our website, or call us at 713-850-7622 to discuss your options and coverage needs.