Risk and danger can pop up in seemingly safe professional environments. No matter what kind of workplace an organization maintains, leaders must never lose their urgency or focus on keeping up with sensible and proactive safety protocols. Even one accident in the workplace can have painful and long-lasting effects – for both the injured individual and the company itself. Download the free white-paper on the “8 Safety Blind Spots to Consider in Your Workplace.”
OSHA indicates there are numerous expenses tied to workplace injuries, starting with workers’ compensation. U.S. employers pay an estimated $1 billion in workers’ compensation every week. On top of that, every day an employee is out of the office brings extra costs: from the direct expense of paying medical and legal fees, to the indirect cost of training and paying temporary replacement personnel or the lost productivity from working shorthanded.
The circumstances leading to such extended leaves of absence don’t have to be dramatic or wildly unexpected. Something as simple as a fall from a chair while changing a light bulb could result in a broken bone, back injury or other serious condition.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 227,760 nonfatal slip, trip, and fall accidents in 2017. Workers suffered 148,780 nonfatal back injuries and 311,330 people sprained, tore or strained their muscles. Simply put, managers and other business leaders should take nothing for granted when ensuring their workplaces are safe for employees. The following are eight areas of focus that may not typically command attention but are worth monitoring in environments of all kinds.
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