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Making a safer work environment

Workplace accidents in Minnesota can be potentially devastating experiences for those involved. In addition to whatever financial damages an organization might suffer as a consequence, the injured employee may be unable to continue generating the income he or she needs and incur significant hardship as a result. Employers may be able to reduce accidents in the workplace by more closely aligning safety standards with the demographics of their workforce.

Workplaces may inevitably be required to alter their safety standards as the composition of their personnel changes. While workers who have been with a particular company for many years tend to know and understand applicable safety guidelines, this may not always be the case for new hires. In situations where large numbers of the established workforce leaves a company in a small period of time, such as what can happen when people begin reaching retirement age, the younger workers might be at greater risk of suffering unnecessary accidents.

Although it's certainly important to have safety goals, it may be more important still to develop specific strategies that enable an organization to meet them. For instance, managers may wish to take a close look at their workforce and determine which aspects of their safety environment need to be focused upon first. In this way, it may be possible to create a safer workplace for all involved.

Despite the fact that companies may use their best efforts to improve working conditions and to establish safety protocols, accidents will unfortunately continue to happen. Workers' compensation insurance is established to enable those who are hurt on the job to receive benefits to help compensate them for their injuries.

Source: EHS Today, "When Organizations Outgrow Their Safety Programs", Terry L. Mathis, Jan. 12, 2015

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