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How can you prevent workplace accidents?

Preventing accidents in the workplace should be the focus of any employer. If an employee is injured, that employee has a right to workers' compensation in most cases.

How can you prevent accidents in the workplace?

To start with, don't allow employees to take shortcuts. As people get used to their jobs, it might be common to try to cut time off a process by ignoring instructions or safety procedures. Remind employees that the safety protocols are in place for a reason; if they are ignored, it's more likely that an accident will happen and that someone will get hurt.

Another thing to do is to make sure your workers understand how to avoid workplace-driving accidents. Remember that it's important to inspect your vehicles regularly and to train employees fully before they're allowed to work on their own. In areas where traffic is going to be high, mark off areas where workers will be outside their vehicles, so accidents can be avoided.

What should employers say about weather and its impact on the workplace?

You should always consider talking about weather conditions when you're training employees. Many safety protocols focus on machinery and other issues that could happen inside, but weather can affect your employees, too. Keep them informed about what to do if bad weather threatens the workplace or if high winds or other conditions mean they shouldn't be performing their duties. Also, consider the heat and cold. If your employees aren't comfortable, they're more likely to make mistakes due to stress on their bodies. Too much heat can cause heat stroke and other related illnesses, and too little can lead to hypothermia or frostbite. All of these conditions can be avoided with the right precautions.

Source: Arbill.com, "Best Practices to Prevent Workplace Accidents," accessed June 08, 2016

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