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Preventing Workplace Injuries, Part 1
Workplace injuries are a serious and frequent occurrence; sadly, most are preventable. It is estimated that every day, 165 people in America die from occupational diseases, and 18 more people die from a workplace-related injury. Additionally, more than 30,000 workers every day suffer an injury in the workplace or develop an occupational illness. That adds to thousands of deaths and injuries due to workplace conditions every year. Most of them did not need to happen. The financial and human price of all these illnesses, injuries, and deaths are staggering, and they are estimated to cost businesses more than $150 billion each year.
Most of these accidents would be preventable if employers made sure to establish clear safety procedures for their workers and provide them with adequate safety equipment. Employers are also obligated to follow government regulations regarding the storage and usage of toxic materials and conduct regular inspections on workplace equipment and instruments. In addition, many of these workplace injuries could be prevented if employers adequately trained employees on proper workplace safety and prevention practices. According to one study, technical issues such as faulty equipment only account for 4 percent of workplace-related accidents.
These steps should be relatively simple to enact. By implementing these rules and policies, employers can also cut down on their workers’ compensation costs and reduce the number of workplace injuries and fatalities.
If you suspect your employer is running an unsafe working environment, contact experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney Dan Matrafajlo for a free initial consultation.