Maintaining a safe work environment is the responsibility of both employers and their employees. Injury Facts reports that a worker suffers a work-related injury every seven seconds. This amounts to 12,300 work-related injuries every day and 4.5 million each year. While some jobs are more hazardous than others, every workplace has the potential to be the scene of a catastrophic accident, which is why you need to apply the following things to your workplace to create a safer environment:
Communicate Safety Regulations & Guidelines
It is important that employers are thorough when reviewing the safety guidelines and expectations they have for their employees. Make your safety guidelines as relevant and as simple as possible so that people can easily follow your message.
Ensure Safety Guidelines Are Followed
After the safety guidelines have been established, the employer needs to make sure the employees are following procedures instead of doing things their own way. The employer should identify where their employees are cutting corners and make the necessary adjustments to ensure the safety guidelines are being used as intended.
Accessible First Aid Kit
Every worksite needs to be stocked with easily accessible first aid kits in case of an accident or emergency. Include items that can assist with injuries common in your industry. For example, if you work with dangerous chemicals, your workplace should be equipped with eyewash stations. You should also include the phone numbers and addresses to medical facilities close to the worksite.
Consult with Our Personal Injury Team
It is important to remember that limiting safety hazards on the worksite is the responsibility of your boss. While New York law prevents workers from suing their employers if they have workers’ compensation insurance, you can file a personal injury lawsuit if you can prove your injury was the result of egregious negligence.
If you or someone you know sustains a serious injury at work, you need to get in touch with Scarzafava, Basdekis & Dadey, PLLC to discuss your case. We are here to use our extensive resources to fight for the compensation you deserve. Call (607) 228-8404 today to schedule your appointment.