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Helpful ways to avoid workplace injuries

When a job demands high quotas at a fast pace, it may be tempting to cut corners at the expense of safety. However, new regulations from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration require businesses that employ more than 250 workers to report statistics for all workplace injuries, accidents or illnesses. This data will then be posted on OSHA's website for the public to view. The hope is that businesses in California and across the country will tighten their safety measures rather than face the possibility of public shame.

To decrease the likelihood of an accident on the job, safety advocates recommend having documents at hand which outline every procedure. Not only will these documents be helpful in training new employees, but they will provide workers with procedural reminders to prevent them from developing dangerous bad habits. Job sites that adopt an orderly, clutter-free environment, accepting only authorized methods for completing tasks, may lower their risk for work injuries.

Routine safety drills may also enhance the protection of employees. These drills may remind workers how to react in an emergency, what the procedures are for dealing with spills or fires and how to contact help as quickly as possible. Another tool for making safety a priority to employees is digital signage. Messages on these signs can be changed regularly to remind workers of current safety issues, to announce safety meetings or to name safety award winners.  

Employers who make safety on the job a primary concern may be setting an example for their workers to do the same. However, even when safety measures are in place, workplace injuries can occur. Employees in California who are hurt on the job may do well to consult an attorney to make sure their rights are protected.

Source: reliableplant.com, "5 Ways to Keep Workers Safe", Kerwin Everson, July 20, 2016

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