The best way to avoid dealing with workers’ compensation is to work for a company that prioritizes the safety and well-being of its workers. While there is no way to completely accident-proof a construction site, the likelihood of sustaining an injury goes down exponentially in conscientious work environments.
There are many ways that companies can create a culture of care at their work sites. According to the EHS Daily Advisor, these include careful attention to workplace awareness and dress code as well as tight accident management policies.
Workplace awareness and dress code
One of the best ways to reduce workplace injury is to invest in worker awareness and education. Providing a variety of resources in the form of workers’ handbooks and training can help bring attention to the most dangerous aspects of the job. This will help workers reduce the likelihood of injury or illness at the site.
Enforcing a dress code is also vital. Employers should ensure that their employees are fully equipped with back braces, hard hats, slip-resistant shoes and other attire that will help lower the likelihood of injury.
Accident management policies
Safe workplaces manage accidents quickly and efficiently. For instance, taking the time to clean up a spill right away can help prevent future injury due to slips and trips. Effectively managing safety hazard signage is also a cornerstone of an effective accident management policy. Management should ensure that they mark any particular hazard, like a spill or exposed wires, clearly as such right away.
Careful attention to known hazards on the job site will lower the likelihood of injury among workers, thus lowering the amount of time injured workers lose at the job site.