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Workplace safety helps workers and companies

On Behalf of | Oct 24, 2019 | Workers' Compensation |

Food workers in Kentucky and throughout the country may face a variety of hazards in the workplace. These hazards can include being cut by knives, falling or being exposed to toxic chemicals. Those who work in other industries may also face some or all of these hazards on the job. However, the fact that keeping people safe is challenging is generally not an excuse to allow workers to get hurt.

Companies that have quality safety records tend to be proactive when it comes to preventing their employees from getting hurt. They generally have systems in place that identify hazards and reduce the probability that workers are exposed to them. Furthermore, companies that have quality safety records generally have owners and managers who believe that keeping people safe matters. For instance, they usually have no problem with workers who report hazards or who report accidents that have taken place.

Organizations that excel at keeping workers safe will also provide training to help workers learn to speak up when they see something out of place. Finally, businesses that make safety a priority will teach their people to look out for themselves and each other whenever they are on a factory or sales floor. As a general rule, workers who feel physically safe on the job are more productive because they can focus more on getting their jobs done.

Workers who are injured on the job might be entitled to compensation for their injuries. This may include reimbursement for a portion of their lost wages while recovering from broken bones, lacerations or head injuries. Injured workers might also be entitled to have their medical bills paid by their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company. An attorney may help a person better understand the process of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits.