We’ve covered how employees should deal with an accident at work on this blog – you can check it out. But what about putting the boot – or plaster cast – on the other foot? While accidents can affect employees in a terrible way, they can also do the same for business owners. You could lose your company, for a start. Or, at the very least, you can expect to front an expensive payout, and get all kinds of negative attention. So, it’s vital that you cover yourself as much as you can. And in today’s guide, we’re going to show you how to do it.
Slips and falls
The vast majority of accidents at work are from slips, trips, and falls. And, the vast majority of these are from a normal height – it’s just people walking around doing their normal activities. They occur for a number of reasons, including wet floors, untidy walkways, and loose rugs and mats. So, your first step is to start making regular checks of all areas of your business. Look out for cracks in the floors, or places that are near sources of water. And, make sure that everyone in your company are aware of the hazards, and their responsibilities to keep the place clean and tidy.
A robust health and safety policy
It’s easy to sneer at health and safety professionals, but they do an important job. We’ve all been in the meetings, of course. And, there’s every chance that most of us know how to lift a box from the floor by now. But, it’s a vital component of a successful business. And, when you consider the broad spectrum enormous range of workers compensation claims, it’s easy to see why it’s so important. Death in the workplace is all too common, and even minor injuries can cause lifelong problems. So, not only is it your legal duty to provide a safe working environment, but it should also play heavily into your morals.
Set the tone
Want to know the biggest reason accidents occur in the workplace? It’s because people cut corners and take shortcuts. And, if you show people that you take shortcuts, too, they are more likely to follow suit. So, as a leader, you need to be vigilant in everything you do. Not just health and safety issues, but all aspects of your work. Never take shortcuts, and lead by example. Follow your jobs through to completion the right way, and your team will follow suit.
Do your drills
Our final point is an obvious one – but it’s important nonetheless. Make sure that everyone in your company knows what to do in an emergency – and take regular fire drills. Yes, they can be tiresome – and on a cold, wet day, uncomfortable. But, drilling those procedures into people will save lives if anything happens. And, it’s also substantial proof that you are doing all you can for your employees’ health and safety.
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