An employee getting injured at the workplace can be one of the most debilitating experiences a business can face. As a business owner, you need to implement safety standards to prevent your employees from getting injured. Otherwise, you could end up losing precious time and money.
Four of the top leading causes of workplace injuries include overexertion, falling, adverse reaction to workplace stress, and being struck by an object. To reduce these types of injuries, occupational healthcare companies recommend that you uphold the following safety precautions.
To prevent overexertion, require your workers to get help from a fellow employee when they need it. Or, supply them with the appropriate tools that they can use to assist with their tasks. You should also provide them with the necessary training to prevent instances of overexertion from occurring.
Keeping the workplace spic-and-span is the best way to reduce most falls. In addition, make sure your workplace floors have an anti-slip coating. If spilling liquids or other slick materials is impossible to prevent completely, it is a good idea to require your employees to wear anti-slip footwear. To prevent falls from a second floor or higher, make sure guard rails are properly installed. Inspect ladders and scaffolding to ensure they are in proper working order.
Preventing adverse reaction to stress
You can minimize the potential for this type of injury by promoting a healthy lifestyle among your employees. Provide training in regards to proper posture, physical conditioning and nutrition.
Preventing getting struck by objects
Wearing the proper gear is the simplest way to avoid injury. For instance, require your workers to wear a hard hat if there is a risk of falling objects in your workplace. Further, require employees to wear goggles and face shields as necessary.
What to do in the event of a workplace injury
If an injury occurs that can’t be treated with first aid, take the patient to a nearby occupational health company such as U.S. HealthWorks so that he or she may receive the appropriate treatment.
(Preventing the Top 5 Workplace Injuries, EHSToday.com)