In Florida, as anywhere else in the U.S., it can be hard to maintain a safety-minded culture in the workplace. Deadlines must be met, and the fast pace of the workplace hardly lets up. To neglect worker safety, though, leads to higher injury rates, increased workers' compensation costs and higher medical expenses. The turnover rate will go up, and productivity will go down. Morale will decrease, as employees will lose their trust in their employers.
Business owners and site managers who want to build up that safety-minded culture will want to consider the following five tips. First of all, it is only with strong leadership that such a culture can begin to be organized. To begin the organizational process, employers should survey employees about several topics: for instance, what they know about corporate safety policies, how they perceive their own duties and what others expect from them. The survey should be anonymous.
Thirdly and fourthly, supervisors should hold pre-shift huddles as well as informal one-on-one discussions to encourage employees to speak up about any hazards or near-misses in the workplace. The one-on-one discussion can help employees open up who tend to be reticent in large groups. Lastly, it's imperative to train employees on a regular basis about identifying and avoiding risks. A safety culture benefits employees and also creates better employer branding.
Not all accidents can be avoided, though, and employer negligence is not always to blame. When victims prefer to avoid a lawsuit, they might choose to file a workers' compensation claim and be reimbursed for their medical expenses and lost wages. All they have to do is prove that the accident took place at work and that the injuries arose from that accident. A lawyer, together with investigators, might be able to handle the complexities, including the possibility of an appeal.