In a recent blog post last month we discussed the cost of a Workers Compensation claim to your business. To coincide with last month's topic on Workers Comp for small businesses, today we share not 10, not 15, but 17 tips that a business should consider in order to practice safety in the work place and avoid a workers compensation claim. The following 17 factors are derived from a recent article published by Dave Weber appropriated titled "What Drives Safety Results". In the article, Dave explains his three year study involving analyzing the work place of many businesses, surveying statistical results concerning workers compensation losses, and the generalization of common factors his results after the study proved. Below are the 17 factors determined to assist in avoiding a Workers Compensation loss, they are
# Good housekeeping with properly stored materials
# Roomy, uncrowded workplace
# Calm, unhectic workplace
# Younger employees
# Non-union locations had better records than did union locations
# Employees involved in planning work procedures
# Employees with control over their work pace (speed)
# Employees empowered to make changes in their work environment and process
# Modern machinery/tools/equipment that met applicable safety standards
# Well maintained equipment and machinery, with regular inspections
# Operating managers accountable for their accident records
# Affiliative management style (cheerful & low stress work environment, great labor relations, employees praised for following safety rules and procedures)
# Drug testing programs for “current” employees (somewhat more important than drug testing for “new” hires)
# Employees trained in ergonomics and back injury prevention
# Employees receive comprehensive safety training before operating equipment
# Employees come to work in the best shape possible – both mentally and physically
# Safety is discussed with employees at the start of their shift
The full article published by Dave Weber "What Drives Safety Results" can be accessed by simply clicking here.
For more information concerning Workers Compensation solutions for your businesses feel free to contact us directly as Snotherly Insurance does provide Workers Compensation insurance solutions to commercial and small businesses for multiple industries.
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