Although each industry comes with its own set of workplace hazards, every employer should put a special emphasis on workplace safety. Though most industries are not necessarily at risk for workplace deaths, a reported total of 5,333 workers died in the US secondary to work related injuries in 2020 – a 2% increase from the previous year. With workplace deaths steadily rising, it’s essential that every employer maintain up-to-date safety protocols and practice diligence in all areas. According to a recent study, the three leading causes of death in the workplace are:
Falls from a height
Being struck by a moving vehicle
Being struck by a falling object
While these incidents are not common in most workplaces, there are a few physically demanding industries where adequate safety is crucial to protect a workplace and its employees.
Not only can a safer workplace help protect its employees from injuries or illnesses, it can also assist employers to:
Reduce costs associated with workers compensation insurance
Reduce injury/illness costs
Reduce absenteeism and employee turnover
These reductions lead to increased productivity, improved product quality and even higher employee morale. And increased morale has a direct effect on the productivity and efficacy of your team, which in turn affects your bottom line. In short, safety is good for business!
Unfortunately, since there are countless responsibilities that go along with running a business, safety is oftentimes overlooked. But given the legal concerns associated with workplace safety and considering that a company’s employees are among its most valuable assets, safety should always remain a top priority among all businesses. Taking the time to speak with your employees/teammates about safety demonstrates your concern and will have a markedly positive effect on your staff. Studies have shown that addressing workplace safety concerns can reduce workplace stress, optimize productivity and increase the overall profitability of your organization.
Therefore, as a cost-containment strategy, employers should consider reviewing and improving their safety protocols and encourage frequent discussions about workplace safety among their employees. This will ensure that every employee feels cared for and can focus on serving the best interests of the company. In the end, a good rule of thumb for every employer – no matter what industry – is “Safety first and safety always”!