As a business owner, it is of the utmost importance that you understand who is responsible for your workers safety. The responsibility falls directly on the business owner, who should strive to make sure that his or her employees are safe at all times. Workplace accidents are far too common and need to be avoided. It will take the work of both owner and employee to help ensure workplace safety.
It’s The Law
Business owners have certain guidelines that they must follow when it comes to workers’ safety. Each state has its own set of laws and regulations regarding safety in the workplace. Businesses must adhere to these principles in order to protect their employees. The last thing a business owner wants is to see one of his employees injured at work. The ultimate responsibility lies with the owner when such an accident occurs.
Keeping It Safe
Business owners, especially those with small operations, might not believe that workplace accidents can happen to them. All businesses, though, need to pay attention to employee safety. Owners can help themselves by being preventative in their outlook. Examine what types of accidents could occur and then, using that knowledge, develop protocols that can help to prevent that type of incident from occurring. It could be something as simple as sturdier railings on staircases or making sure that hallways and walkways have adequate space. Any business owner does not want to see an employee injured at work due to something as simple as not having enough space to walk to his job space.
The Bottom Line
The goal of any business is to provide a quality product or service and make a profit. If they do not do either, they are usually out of business. One thing that can help a business owner in reaching his goals of profit is to increase employee morale. One way to increase morale is to make sure that each and every employee is safe. Businesses can go as far as offering incentives for reducing the number of workplace accidents. By minimizing accidents and hitting those incentives, workers are happier. Happy workers enjoy their job and are more productive. More productive workers will take pride in what they do and produce better quality products. As an owner, you are responsible not only for the production of quality products and making a profit but also for the safety of all of your employees.
Ultimately, any breach of worker safety falls on the shoulders of the business owner. With the goals of producing great products for their customers and turning a profit, the owner is in charge of everything. When an employee is injured at work, the entire operation is compromised. The goal of producing great products becomes harder. Making a profit becomes harder. To hit those goals, the owner should have taken the proper steps to prevent the accident. In looking to eliminate accidents, a business owner can meet his goals of producing phenomenal products, turning a profit, and keeping his workers safe.
As long-time personal injury attorneys, we have seen many business owners find themselves in bad situations that could have been easily avoided by a little more effort and thought by the business. If you are a business owner take time each year to review the safety regulations of your area and use a little common sense to look for potentially dangerous situations. Often it’s small, simple issues that cause accidents resulting in serious injury to patrons or employees and expensive law suites followed by higher insurance premiums