What is the most common workplace accident or injury?
One of the most seen injuries on the job is slips, trips, and falls. In fact, more than 25% of all injuries sustained across all industries are caused by slips, trips, and falls. Another common injury in the workplace is vehicle accidents. Employees driving vehicles for their position may run into disgruntled drivers, dangerous weather conditions, and collisions that may lead to an injury. Managers should also enforce a no texting while driving policy to prevent employees from getting injured while driving. As employers, it is important that we are maintaining a high level of safety at all times.
What are considered direct costs for workplace accidents and injuries?
According to OSHA, “Employers pay almost $1 billion per week for direct workers’ compensation costs alone.” A workplace injury can cause employers productivity losses, medical expenses, and administrative expenses. When a worker is injured on the job, employers will investigate injuries, write up injury reports, and implement policies to prevent injuries and accidents in the future. All of these steps management makes to prevent future injuries cost the company money.
Why is it important to report accidents in the workplace?
Reporting incidents in the workplace is extremely important in order for employers to correct potential hazards in the future. For example, if a worker trips over an electrical cord that was laid out across the floor; management can prevent future accidents by covering cords. Reporting accidents and injuries can bring light to safety hazards and can keep employees safe in the future. Another important reason to report injuries is it may be required. OSHA requires that any serious injuries must be reported within 24 hours and any deaths on the job must be reported within 8 hours.
What are the main causes of accidents in the workplace?
The main causes of accidents can vary from industry to industry. As discussed earlier, slips, trips, and falls are the most common accident seen on the job. The main cause of slips, trips, and falls are neglecting to clean messes in the workplace. These messes can include, wires and cords on the floor, spilled liquids, or misplaced equipment. For example, an employee drops their water on the floor and leaves the area to go get a rag to clean the mess; another employee does not see the mess and slips in the puddle.
Who is responsible for reporting accidents at work?
Workers are responsible for reporting occupational injuries and accidents to their manager immediately. Once the accident has been reported to their manager, their manager should report this to upper management. Serious injuries must be reported to OSHA and recorded on the 300 log.
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