It is easy to have a work-related accident, especially if you work in a high-risk accident environment i.e. contractors, tradesmen, transportation, etc. Workers compensation isn’t an easy subject. There are so many components of the insurance type, and we plan to break down all aspects of workers comp throughout the next couple of week’s blog posts. We’ve compiled a list of the top reasons to why workers get hurt in the work environment.
- Employers assume that their employees know more than they really do.
Many new employees have specific skills from their past jobs that they don’t know how to translate over into their new environment. In addition many employers believe that because they have hired an employee with experience they will be able to adapt to the new work environment. Employers tend to see basic job precautions as common sense, and fail to warn workers.
- Brand new employees often lack knowledge or understanding of personal protective equipment, otherwise known as PPE.
PPE for those of you who don’t know, refers to any kind of safety wear issued by the work place. This can include, but not limited to: eye and face protection, head protection, foot and leg protection, hand and arm protection, hearing protection and overall body protection. Many times workers don’t see some of these item as a priority to wear for their job and fail to take the right safety leaving them at high risk of getting hurt.
- Work places do not stress that safety is a high priority
Often times both workers and employers do not stress over minor injuries. It is important to report ALL injuries to your supervisor despite of how small you think they might be. And often times that minor injury leads to something a bit more serious.
- Employee training often focuses on what to do, but fails to discuss job hazards to avoid
Since the work environment is new to them they aren’t familiar with hazards or what to do when one happens. Better training could lead to less accidents.