Client Tips

How To Minimize Your Risk Of A Workplace Accident.

By
Dvonte Cornejo
on
October 3, 2019

Workplace Accidents: How to Avoid Them and What to Do When They Happen.

1. Keep workspaces clean.

Most people don't think of cleanliness as a deterrent to accidents but workplace order actually does diminish the chance of injury.

A cluttered, unclean work area is more difficult to efficiently maneuver in and workers are more prone to hazards. Make sure staff adhere to something as simple as running computer cables and cords properly so that they don't create a tripping hazard.

No matter if your work environment is a manufacturing warehouse or an office cubicle, keeping the area clean and well-maintained decreases the chance of accidents.

2. Post proper signage.

Employers should post signs reminding employees of proper safety procedures in noticeable places and in spaces where those specific procedures should be practiced.

3. Stay up to date on vehicle maintenance.

For employers that provide staff with company vehicles to complete daily tasks, it's imperative that cars are well maintained and serviced on a regular basis.

This may seem obvious but according to Bankrate, the bill for accidents resulting from unperformed vehicle maintenance tops $2 billion each year.

"If you don't maintain your car, you're taking a vehicle that might have been driven for 200,000 miles over its life, and you're knocking it down to maybe 150,000 miles," said Philip Reed, senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds.com, in the article.

Image credit: Mel Melcon for The LA Times.

4. Report dangers and accidents.

Most employees know that they should report an actual accident but it's important that employers encourage their staff to bring any foreseeable danger to management's attention.

5. Provide proper training.

All staff need to be properly trained for their position. This includes teaching them how to use equipment and follow safety procedures during their course of work.

6. Provide proper equipment.

All staff must also be equipped for their specific job. Equipment may vary from safety harnesses to proper gloves and goggles. Under no circumstances should employees perform functions without the proper equipment.

Avoid shortcuts.

Many times accidents happen not because the safety precautions are unknown but because people take short cuts when they're familiar with their job or are in a hurry.

For example, a worker may climb without a safety harness because they only want to complete one small task and gearing up is time consuming.

That can be the difference between a minor injury and a life-threatening catastrophe.