Monday, February 3, 2014

Work Comp Claims are Up! Time for Safety Training...

I hope this emails finds your company running smoothly and all employees working safely.

I was reading an article recently about the rise in the number of workers' compensation lawsuits.  This got me thinking about how important safety training standards are on the job.

Of course, safety standards are more crucial in some fields than in others, but they are an important part of every company.  Many employers will require their employees to attend safety training seminars for a particular piece of equipment or in order to work in a certain part of the company.

Unfortunately, this does not ensure employee or customer safety.  Although employees will know what is expected of them because of the safety training course, these safety standards need to be rigorously implemented by an employer in order to avoid accidents by employees or customers.

Here are some ways to ensure that your employees will always follow the safety training standards they have learned:

  • Make the safety standards part of the employee handbook and have employees sign that they agree to these standards before they begin working for your company.
  • Post signs that reinforce the safety standard for a particular area of the company.  This may be something as simple as displaying signs that remind employees to wash their hands or might be as significant as reminding construction employees to always use the safety on a hand saw.
  • Reinforce the importance of safety standards at weekly or monthly meetings with employees.
  • Have employees run through the proper procedures with a supervisor present and watching.  If the safety standards are not properly followed, have employees redo the procedure to ensure that standards are met. Remember to reinforce to employees why the standards are important.

Sometimes even employers and supervisors begin to think it is alright to cut corners when it comes to safety, but often this is when an accident will occur.  Always follow safety standards to show employees the way to best avoid an injury.

I have several resources and sample safety plans - especially for contractors - Coming soon to our FREE Reports section of the website.

In the meantime, please contact me if you would like a copy or more information.

Here's wishing you an extra safe and productive rest of the year!


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