Most people spend as much as one third, or even more, of their lives in and around their workplace. It becomes a second home, and as such, it is highly critical that the work environment is safe from accidents and hazards, clean, healthy and hygienic.
The cost of safety lapses
Workplace safety takes on even more importance because it is necessary to keep employees motivated and productive. If they do not feel safe and comfortable, their morale and performance could suffer and that might subsequently affect the company’s overall performance. Thus, an employer will not only incur the costs of low productivity and, in turn, low profits, but could have to pay for workplace injury compensation claims as well.
If an employee becomes sick or injured at the workplace due to the prevailing working conditions, it won’t just be that individual alone who is affected. Their workload will have to be distributed amongst fellow workers to prevent any delays or stoppage in production, at least for as long as the injured employee does not return to work. Valuable time and resources will have to be spent towards recruitment and the subsequent training of a replacement employee if they are unable to return to the workplace at all.
Employee morale will, in turn, be affected negatively and insurance costs for the company may increase. It will also ultimately cause the prices of products and services to increase, which will affect the company’s sales. And on a more individual level, the injured employee could lose their ability to live their life as they did before their injury and may have to deal with medical bills and other expenses associated with living while not being able to work.
It is incumbent on the management of a company to provide its employees with clear, detailed safety instructions and with training to help them stay safe in hazardous situations. The organisation as a whole has to come together if health and safety are to be ensured at the workplace, and the number of accidents, injuries and illnesses is to be reduced. Employees can help by being alert at all times and if they notice problems or health hazards, they should report them to the management immediately.
It should be the top priority of a company’s owner and its management to ensure workplace safety. This can be achieved by developing, implementing, and enforcing certain standards of health and safety at all times.
Many accidents at the workplace can be avoided and prevented with a few basic precautionary measures. These precautions can save the employer considerable money and they can avoid the hassle of injury compensation claims. If you are, or have recently been, the victim of an accident which you believe your employer could have prevented with the proper precautions, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to learn more about making a personal injury claim.
Date Published: January 15, 2014
Author: David Brown