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OSHA helps employers create safer workplaces

On Behalf of | Jul 31, 2018 | Workers' Compensation |

As the economy evolves, the type of work that Kentucky residents and others will perform will evolve as well. It will also change how employees do their jobs and with whom they work. It is not uncommon for employees to work from home or with individuals who speak other languages. OSHA encourages employers to continually track potential hazards that workers may face and take steps to mitigate them in a timely manner.

Employers may solicit input from employees about the hazards that they may face. It is also a good idea to conduct workplace inspections to get more details about possible injury risks and create a plan to prevent accidents from happening. Taking pictures or videos of workplace conditions can make it easier to refer to a previous inspection if necessary or verify that one took place.

Companies should be sure to have an action plan for as many different scenarios as possible. These plans should consider how a company would respond to everything from an emergency spill to restarting a machine after routine maintenance has been performed on it. In the event of a close call, a manager should investigate why it happened, how it could have been prevented and what can be done to ensure that similar future close calls can be prevented.

Individuals who are hurt at work could be entitled to compensation to help make up for lost wages and other expenses. Workers’ compensation benefits may also help to cover a worker’s current and future medical bills related to the injury. Those who are considering filing for such benefits may wish to consult with an attorney. Doing so may make it easier to complete paperwork related to a claim or allow injured workers to ask questions about their cases.