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Workplace safety plans should include more than physical issues

| Feb 8, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

Workplace safety is a very serious matter for all Kansas companies. There is a potential for accidents anywhere people are working with dangerous equipment and around potentially lethal chemicals. Everything from equipment clearance space to air filtration systems needs regular evaluation. And, the long-standing rule of “a place for everything and everything in its place” surely always applies as well. This is the basis of most effective safety programs, along with ensuring that all work tools operate properly and are in a good state of repair. However, there have been recent studies that also indicate safety concerns involve more than physical plant issues.

Teamwork concepts

Company teamwork applies in more areas than just production. Employers indeed have the ultimate responsibility to maintain a safe workplace, but the environment is only as safe as the workers keep it.

Adherence to safety rules is a must for a truly safe workspace, including in those uncluttered areas where people commonly walk. Trip-and-fall injuries are some of the most regular and serious injuries that occur at work. It takes input from every worker along with a comprehensive company policy for effective safety.

Work scheduling

Recent studies have shown that one safety problem that may be contributing to workers’ compensation claims is employee fatigue. Many injuries have occurred when workers were on overtime or working long shifts over a significant period.

Kansas workers’ compensation attorneys see this type of underlying fact in compensation claims on a regular basis and are appreciative that employers are finally recognizing the dangers of fatigue. One of the first rules of safety is awareness, and tired workers are often focused on the end of the shift more than working through the remainder of the shift.

If you feel that your employer could have prevented your workplace injury. You may want to consult with an attorney. An experienced legal professional could help you achieve the best outcome for your case.