Some workplace accidents are unavoidable. However, employers can prevent many such incidents by establishing the right safety measures.
Learn more about the safety precautions employees should expect when on the job.
Detailed information and training
Workers should have the safety training they need to perform their jobs without injury. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires companies to provide these materials to each employee in a language that he or she understands. The site supervisor must mark workplace hazards with color-coded signs and warnings. Employees should not use heavy equipment or tools unless they have the proper training and certification.
Clean, organized work areas
Crowded spaces cause the risk of falls and other accidents. Employers should remove debris from walkways, work areas and warehouses. Common hazards include precarious stacks of boxes, ignored spills, tangled cords and disorganized supply areas.
Proper equipment and tools
Employees should have the right tools for the job at hand. Using makeshift, damaged or broken equipment can result in serious injury. The employer must also provide appropriate personal protective equipment, including but not limited to heavy gloves, eye shields, hard hats and work boots.
Clear hazard reporting protocol
Employers should make their workers feel comfortable reporting potential hazards. They must establish a clear process for doing so as well as a follow-up protocol to make sure the appropriate person addresses the danger in question.
Regardless of why an accident occurred at work, an injured employee can file for workers’ compensation benefits. Massachusetts employers must have workers’ comp insurance to cover the cost of medical expenses and disability after an accident on site.