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Dealing With Frequent Workplace Accidents At Your Business

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Jul 9, 2017 3:48 PM

Workplace accidents occur all the time, but what happens when they're happening all the time in your business? Most people go their entire lives without suffering from any workplace injuries, and some business owners are horrified when accidents happen regularly in their workplace. What is the problem? Why is this happening? There is clearly an issue somewhere in the workplace, and finding it is the key to preventing workplace accidents from occurring all the time. When you can prevent them, you can handle them.

Understand the Common Causes

Workplace accidents can happen anywhere, anytime, at any business, but there are some that happen more frequently than others. There are some workplace accident causes that occur regularly in certain industries. Understanding what causes the most common accidents helps you prevent them from occurring by educating your staff on how to handle them.

  • Too much confidence and not enough desire to learn

  • Workers taking shortcuts to get things done faster

  • Equipment is old and unreliable

  • Negligence

  • Distractions

  • No preparation

Anything can happen in an instant, but it's user error that makes the most accidents occur. It's when people are too confident in their abilities they decide there is nothing left for them to learn about safety. It's when people aren't willing to take the time to do things right simply so they can do things faster, and it's when people are distracted and/or too lazy to properly prepare for what they must do.

Stop the Issue At the Root

When people are negligent, it usually only happens once. They won't make that mistake again, but it's often too late. The best way to prevent negligence in the workplace is to provide instant drug testing in the office. When your employees are tested for drugs, you know who is using and who isn't. Those who use drugs are more likely to be negligent, to make mistakes, and to forget to properly handle equipment and preparation.

This is not to say those who don't use drugs are more reliable, but there's almost always a better chance they'll take the time to do the job right when they have a clear mind. Getting rid of those who use drugs at work is one way to minimize workplace accidents from occurring.

Handle The Accident Correctly

If you are a business owner, you need an attorney on speed dial for workplace accidents. You never know when you'll need one, and their opinion and information is invaluable. Mishandling the situation is a surefire way of being involved in a costly and potentially reputation-damaging lawsuit. If you have an attorney on the clock, you can call and ask what paperwork to file, what to say, and how to properly handle the accident.

They will guide you through the process so you can avoid lawsuits, minimize your risk, and help your employees get what they need through your insurance agent. It's unfortunate, but many people are quick to sue for a few dollars when an accident occurs at work.

Conduct Background Checks

Another great way to help your workplace accident rate drop a bit is to be very clear and concise about what you do when you hire a new employee. Background checks can help you figure out if potential employees are good hires or a bad idea, and you have the power to create the future. When you perform a background check, you get a clearer picture of the kind of person you're hiring. One who seems irresponsible and/or unreliable is a clear no.

Workplace accidents are common, but there's no reason they should happen all the time in your place of work. When you know how to recognize danger and prevent accidents from occurring, you put yourself in a better situation. Now is the time to educate yourself on the proper procedures, hire an attorney, and look for new and improved ways to train, educate, and inspire your employees to do better when they're at work.

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