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An employer’s responsibility regarding safety in the workplace

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2020 | Workplace Accidents

Are you as safe as you can reasonably expect to be in your Ohio workplace? Is your employer responsible for your safety when you are on the job? While your employer cannot control everything that happens, he or she is largely responsible for developing and maintaining a culture of safety where you work. This is important for your physical well-being, and it can greatly reduce the chance of an accident.

Workplace safety does not have to be a complex issue. With a few simple steps, it is possible to make any type of work environment safer. Every safety protocol and procedure can reduce the chance you will suffer unnecessary injuries or become ill as a result of environmental hazards. Not only should employers prioritize safety for the well-being of employees, but they should do so because it will reduce costs for them as well.

Prioritize safety in the workplace

Safety at work is not negotiable. Employers are not always aware of the particular ways they should improve safety, which is why it is helpful to first identify specific safety in their spaces. After that, it will be easier to determine the steps that may be most useful for a specific type of workplace. Simple steps to better safety include:

  • Provide the right type of training, as this helps employees know how to do their jobs as safely as reasonably possible.
  • Work with experts who can evaluate the workplace and identify areas that may be hot spots for employee injury.
  • Provide the right equipment important for safety when doing certain tasks, and provide employees with adequate instruction.
  • Implement safety protocols for every employee, not just those who work in hazardous conditions.
  • Reward employees for safety, and provide regular safety training updates and reminders.

These steps can greatly improve safety in the workplace. Even small efforts can make it safer for you to go to work and do your job without an unnecessary risk of an injury.

After an accident 

Workplace accidents can still happen, even with all of the appropriate safety measures in place. This is why employers carry workers’ compensation insurance. This coverage can provide financial support for those who need medical care, coverage of lost wages and other types of support during their recovery. If you need to file a claim, you may find it helpful to speak with an experienced attorney about how you can minimize setbacks during the claims process.