Save Money! While Keeping Your Employees Safe

December 7th, 2012

It is a common misconception that working in an office is one of the safest environments when it comes to workplace injuries. We ask ourselves “how dangerous could it possibly be?”  In 2011, Liberty Mutual released the statistic that almost all workplace injuries happen in the office. While manufacturing companies have systems in place to deal with injuries or to prevent them in the first place, many office based businesses don’t think about it much. Ultimately, having plans to handle situations that may cause injury will save your company money when it comes to workers compensation claims. Here are some of the things to consider when putting together a safety plan.

  1. Heavy or improper lifting. We all do it. We know that we are supposed to bend at the knees and use that leverage to lift a heavy box off the floor but we don’t always pay attention. However, if an employee does this on your property they can make an injury claim. Encourage your office employees to wear a belt if they will be lifting heavy things or to ask for help from another team member.
  2. Preventable falls. Some falls are going to happen, but there are some tumbles that are 100% preventable. If there is debris, water, or other hazards on the floor, most commonly in the break room, deal with it immediately upon discovery. Encourage your employees to clean up after themselves if they spill something creating a hazard for others. The parking lot is also another zone of potential injury. Watch for cracks or loose gravel and establish a way to mark these areas and fix the problem.
  3. The staircases. Falling in the break room or hallway is a different sort of injury than falling down the stairs. Often these types of injuries occur when an employee is carrying something up or down with them. This can obscure their vision or cause them to be unable to hold onto the railing for support. Prevent this kind of behavior by having processes in place to move large items between floors in your office.
  4. Repetitive motion. Another common office workplace injury is caused by repetitive motion. This can cause syndromes such as carpel tunnel. Allow your employees to take breaks from repetitive tasks or create environments where these projects are split up among several employees.

Are you looking for more management best practices to implement in your business environment? Contact Meador Staffing today to see how we can assist you!