Starting now through September, work-related injuries are at an all-time high, resulting in increased workers’ compensation claims for businesses across the country. Employees might find themselves in situations where they’re slipping, tripping and falling unexpectedly, which causes common strains and injuries in the neck and back, as well as potential broken bones. To keep on-the-job injuries to a minimum, here are a couple of risk management tips your employer should implement now.
Carefully Consider Hiring the Right Employees
Summer is a very high traffic time for hiring new full and part-time workers. During the hiring process, it’s important for business owners to recruit people with the right attitude, especially when it comes to safety issues. Because employees in their first year on the job have a much higher risk of sustaining an injury than those with more experience, employers should make workplace safety part of the hiring process. A business that takes work safety seriously creates a healthier, safer environment.
Maintain a Strong Orientation and Training Process
It’s critical for businesses to train employees equally in all safety practices, regardless of a worker’s previous background or experience. Training should include fully understanding emergency procedures, reviewing safe work practices (including handling protective equipment), and knowing what the employee protocol is should an accident occur.
Enforce Active Supervision During Working Hours at All Times
One of the best ways to keep employees safe and workers’ compensation claims minimal is with constant supervision. Always reiterate that safety practices and procedures are in place for a reason – to protect employees! And if workers believe processes should be handled differently, let them speak up. Listening to and implementing feedback to improve efficiency will only make a business stronger.
Have a Strong Accident Response Procedure in Place
Accidents happen. So in the event that someone gets injured on the job, it’s essential that business owners have a plan in place that employees trust and use fully. This means making sure employees immediately get the necessary care and attention they need from a qualified physician. Getting on the road to recovery is top priority, as well as minimizing any impacts an injury has on a worker’s family and work life. If you’ve recently been injured and are not sure what to do, here are five quick steps to take.
Workplace safety is a critical responsibility that business owners must commit to for their workers. With proper risk management and workers’ compensation plans in place, businesses can ensure that injured employees get the proper medical attention and are able to get back to work after an appropriate recovery time. If you’ve been injured on the job and feel that your business hasn’t handled your workers’ compensation case properly, contact our lawyers at Prior, Criner & Edwards Attorneys for a free consultation.
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Sherman Lee Criner
Sherman is Licensed to Practice Law in North and South Carolina. He has extensive education in law and the mediation practice, professional experience and impressive memberships in many noteworthy political, civic and business organizations.
Ashley M. Edwards
Ashley is a NC attorney and certified mediator in North and South Carolina, Ashley has represented hundreds of clients and mediated thousands of cases for attorneys, insurance carriers and private companies.
“These guys are awesome and care about their clients very much. I would suggest anyone hurt on the job to contact them. Cannot express my appreciation enough to them!"
“Ashley Edwards genuinely cares about his clients and holds himself to the highest standards in all of his professional interactions. I am happy to recommend him to anyone who needs help navigating the workers compensation process."
“Ashley has been practicing compensation law in the greater Wilmington area for 15+ years. I have often turned to him for advice and counsel. He knows the law, is trustworthy, listens to his clients, and fights to do the right thing for them. He is my first call!"
“Mr Edwards made my case feel like it was his most important case. He is so caring and attentive."
“This was the first and only law firm I contacted after being injured. Everyone there has been on point concerning my case and extremely professional. I highly recommend contacting workers comp first if injured. It will be as if it's the most important case they have and they will not disappoint. Thank you to the entire team."
“Wonderful Experience under difficult circumstances. They helped me understand my rights and options under the law. Mr. Edwards took the time to help and meet with me whenever I had questions. He is highly recommended for his expert advice and service. "
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