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Business Owners Are Responsible For Workers Safety

Owning a business comes with many responsibilities. Among the most
important is keeping workers safe in the employment environment. Many
times, safety is overlooked in the rush of daily activities. When people
are injured at work, they have a right to compensation for their
medical costs, loss of wages and other expenses related to their
injuries.

Employee Training
Employees are responsible for training employees on the safe operation
of the equipment used in their daily work tasks. Training should be
under the supervision of someone who has experience on the machinery who
can provide adequate information on its proper operation. Regular
safety meetings should be conducted to provide ongoing reinforcement of
safe operations throughout the workplace. According to the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration, employers should also prominently post
safety information throughout the workplace to provide information on
safe practices for workers.

Equipment
All equipment used by workers should be maintained regularly to ensure
the safety of employees. Guardrails and other safety equipment should be
attached to the machinery at all times. Electrical connections should
be carefully maintained to prevent shock hazards. Work areas around the
equipment should be kept free and clear of obstructions.

Personal Safety Products

Employers must provide suitable personal safety equipment for the
workers. Items should include goggles to protect eyes from smoke and
splash from liquids, earplugs to prevent noise damage, gloves, hardhats,
respiratory equipment and protective clothing as needed to complete
work safely. Back injuries are one of the most common workplace injuries
that occur. Back supports should be provided for tasks that require
heavy lifting. Employees should be trained on material handling
equipment and taught safe lifting techniques.

Other Hazards
Each workplace is different, and employers must assess the work
environment for its individual hazards. Workplace accidents are common.
Sturdy handrails should be provided on stairways. Ladders in good
condition should be available for reaching elevated areas of the
workplace. Safety harnesses must also be provided for aboveground work.

When Injuries Occur
When people are injured at work, they may be disabled for a period of
time and incur a variety of expenses while recovering. A Southwest
Florida personal injury attorney can help employees receive fair
compensation for their injuries, even when legal cases go on for an
extended period of time. Many small businesses are unable to sustain
costs from workplace accidents and may choose to settle on the injury.
Your attorney can advise you on the best strategy for resolution of your
work injury case.

https://www.osha.gov/as/opa/worker/employer-responsibility.htmlOwning a business comes with many responsibilities. Among the most
important is keeping workers safe in the employment environment. Many
times, safety is overlooked in the rush of daily activities. When people
are injured at work, they have a right to compensation for their
medical costs, loss of wages and other expenses related to their
injuries.

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