4 Keys to Protecting Employees from On-The-Job Injuries

By Michael Galvan | 04/25/2016

When one of your employees gets hurt on the job, it can lead to delays and expenses that immediately change the structure of your business. After treating the injured worker, management must look forward and decide what safety procedures should be in place to prevent further workers’ compensation cases.

1. One of the best ways to prevent worker injuries is with a common injury analysis. Evaluate all past incidents and see if any patterns emerge. This will help business leaders and risk management experts decide if there are any processes or environmental settings that need updated and changed. For example: a recent string of lower back injuries might indicate that heavy materials should be placed higher up, moved with a mechanical device, or that employees should be given instruction on proper lifting techniques.

2. Investing in protective gear can also be a simple and inexpensive way to protect against injuries. Safety gloves, goggles, and even certain types of footwear can help to prevent workplace injuries, and keep employees healthy. This minimal investment into certain safety gear is often much less expensive than insurance claims and the lost time of hurt workers.

3. One of the best safety methods is absolutely free; open communication. By creating and maintaining a dialogue with workers can help identify potential injury risks long before an actual incident. Leaders should aim to conduct employee safety discussions at least once a month. This will provide an opportunity for workers to bring up any new concerns.

4. Carrots go further than sticks. Many employers now offer rewards for safe employee behavior. Small financial or other incentives often reduce injury rates and create a sustainable ROI. Small up-front rewards that drive better actions and a safer environment can lead to a large amount of money saved on the back end.

If you think your business could benefit from safety improvement, contact one of our program experts. They are trained in occupational medicine and can even set up an appointment with a medical professional to review your current safety practices.