Posted on Saturday, August 21st, 2021 at 4:49 pm
We’ve written about workplace safety and technology and safety tips during the winter season. Here are more suggestions from The Hartford which provides workers’ compensation insurance. Employees should understand that they do not have to prove fault if they suffer a workplace accident. When workplace injuries happen, employees are entitled to payment of all reasonably necessary medical bills and generally 2/3 of their average weekly wages while they can’t work. They can also claim additional damages if they have a partial or full permanent injury.
While employees are entitled to assert their rights, the best course of action is to avoid workplace accidents in the first place. Safety precautions can help prevent accidents or help reduce the severity of accidents. The Hartford states that in 2017, employers reported 2.8 million non-deadly workplace injuries. 1/3 of those injuries caused employees to lose days from work. While employers do need to spend to implement safety precautions, the cost of these safety steps is normally less than the cost of paying workplace compensation benefits for injuries. In addition, employers should understand that implementing safety steps may result in lower workers’ compensation premiums.
GOAL stands for Go Out and Look. This means employees should, depending on the workplace, conduct inspections on a daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis – with different tasks for each basis:
It’s not enough to conduct the inspections. Employers need to properly document the inspections for regulatory compliance issues and to determine if follow-up is necessary. The documents should include:
The company safety committee and senior management should review the inspections. By conducting the review, they can monitor the corrective steps and note any dangerous trends.
Office environments are different than non-office businesses in many ways. For starters, office employees sit most of the day. Sitting all day puts workers at risk for neck and back pain. Office workers often suffer repetitive stress injuries due to computer use, phone use, and other tasks. Repetitive stress injuries include bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other hand and wrist injuries. Vision disorders may also be due to repetitive stress. Other possible office environment injuries include:
There are many steps from using quality materials to having workers take regular rest breaks that can help. The first step is understanding the dangers that exist. The second step is figuring out what remedial steps to take.
Falls in office places
According to the Hartford, a 2011 study found “29 percent of ground-level falls resulted in 31 or more lost workdays.” Some of the common reasons office falls occur include:
Hartford Insurance recommends that employers help employees avoid falls in the office by:
Repetitive stress injuries are usually due to years of repeat harmful motions. Quality workplace ergonomics can help avoid repetitive stress injuries. A few suggestions for creating a better workstations include:
The safety guidelines differ depending on the type of job. One common denominator/thread is that safety training can help reduce the risk of workplace injuries. Employees should be trained to identify risks. Workers should be trained on how to use each piece of machinery or equipment they use. They should know where the usage manuals or instructions are located. Employees should also be trained on what personal protective equipment to use for each type of machinery/equipment and how to use the personal protective equipment.
To be sure employees understand the proper way to use equipment and other office tasks, employers should help employees in the following ways:
At Joe Miller Law Ltd., our seasoned North Carolina and Virginia worker’s compensation lawyer has been fighting for injured employees for more than 25 years. He’s helped thousands of workers get the full compensation they deserve. We anticipate the arguments insurance companies make such as saying you’re ready to return to work before you’re healthy and arguing that your injuries are due to a prior accident. We work with your doctors to show just how severe your injuries are and why you hurt all the time. To talk with a respected workers’ compensation attorney, call lawyer Joe Miller, Esq., at 888-667-8295. or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment.
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