The Importance Of Adequate Safety At Work

Two focuses of my blog are Organizational/Management Discussions and Workplace Discussions. When you’re running a workplace, one of the things you’ll need to do is to ensure your workplace’s safety. The following contributed post is entitled, The Importance Of Adequate Safety At Work.

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Slips, trips, and falls happen in the workplace all the time. Many are complete accidents and are quickly resolved. Yet, a few remain that occur due to a failure to meet safety requirements or complete negligence. Therefore, and owing to the fact, there are many dangerous jobs out there, such as construction, hazardous waste removal, and law enforcement, the importance of adequate safety at work should be a company-wide policy of guaranteed employee protection.

Employees are Everything

As a business owner or manager, you should know that your employees are an essential tool in your business arsenal. Many will assume it is profit that drives a successful company, yet there is no profit to be made without adequate staff. For example, dangerous jobs such as roofing and high-rise cleaning require specialist devices like Shine On Anchors. Suppose your team didn’t safely carry out such a risky job. The risk of death or severe injury is extremely high and will land you in legal trouble, losing employee trust.

Trust is Earned

The trust of employees, partners, and shareholders relies on your ability to carry your company’s duties effectively. You earn this trust in various ways, such as providing safety equipment to staff, supplying partners with contractual obligations, and making a profit for shareholders. Employees’ confidence is paramount since losing faith in your ability to protect them will undoubtedly lead to a mass evacuation. Staff will be absent, call in sick or leave for another company. These actions will cost dearly both in terms of finances and public perception.

Lability Starts and Ends with the Employer

The safety of your employees begins and ends with you. Of course, there is no guarantee that misuse of equipment will not happen. Yet, that is why you employ supervisors and should make efforts to train staff on the correct usage of dangerous equipment adequately. Safety issues aside, 40% of inadequately trained staff leave a post within a year of starting. During this time, you are liable for any injuries that should befall an employee. This will incur high costs, as will employee exodus when the price of recruiting and hiring is factored in.

Your Business Will Suffer

Your insurer covers liability costs should something happen. Still, your premiums are likely to increase, and you will lose money as you aim to replace an employee. However, the damage to your business is expected to be more than purely financial. As a result of an unfortunate event, the public perception of your company will be severely impacted. Therefore you may lose clients and partners, shareholders may cash out, and stock prices will likely plummet.

Criminality is the End Result

You can typically avoid harsh personal penalties for breaking most rules relating to business. But gross negligence and disregard for safety are not part of them. In the unfortunate event that one of your employees is injured or fatally wounded, a full investigation will take place. During the course of the study, every aspect of the event will be scrutinized. And this means looking at past events and practices as well. It might be the case that an injury is an isolated event and an unfortunate tragedy. Yet if a pattern of safety problems emerges, you will be criminally charged.

Author: anwaryusef

Anwar Y. Dunbar is a Regulatory Scientist. Being a naturally curious person, he is also a student of all things. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Prior to starting the Big Words Blog Site, Anwar published and contributed to numerous research articles in competitive scientific journals reporting on his research from graduate school and postdoctoral years. After falling in love with writing, he contributed to the now defunct Examiner.com, and the Edvocate where he regularly wrote about: Education-related stories/topics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Financial Literacy; as well as conducted interviews with notable individuals such as actor and author Hill Harper. Having many influences, one of his most notable heroes is author, intellectual and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, author of books including Outliers and David and Goliath. Anwar has his hands in many, many activities. In addition to writing, Anwar actively mentors youth, works to spread awareness of STEM careers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium, serves as Treasurer for the JCSU Washington, DC Alumni Chapter, and is active in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He also tutors in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Along with his multi-talented older brother Amahl Dunbar (designer of the Big Words logos, inventor and a plethora of other things), Anwar is a “Fanboy” and really enjoys Science-Fiction and Superhero movies including but not restricted to Captain America Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Prometheus. He is a proud native of Buffalo, NY.