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Workplace leaders drive safety cultures

Workplace safety will ideally be a point of emphasis for companies in Minnesota and throughout the nation. However, safety cultures are generally created and fostered by company owners and top managers. Furthermore, business owners are typically better able to foster such cultures by actively advocating for what they want to see. For instance, senior leadership should create an environment in which workers feel comfortable reporting accidents or looking out for hazards on their own. They should also feel comfortable helping each other stay safe on the job.

It is also important that workplaces are kept clean and free of as many hazards as possible. Companies should spend time actively looking for hazards and mitigating them as quickly as possible. Common hazards include falls, cuts and pain from repetitive motion throughout the day. With the implementation of a culture that puts a premium on worker safety, employees are typically more productive and content while at work.

This is because those who feel as if they are being helped are more likely to help others. Ultimately, caring about and taking steps to improve workplace safety creates a strong bond between workers and managers that is positive for a company as a whole. When workers trust that they are properly cared for, they are more likely to buy into safety rules and follow them to the letter.

People who get into an accident at work may be compensated for their injuries as well as if they fall ill due to exposure to toxic chemicals or other potentially hazardous materials. An attorney may help an injured or sick worker file an application for workers' compensation benefits. Legal counsel may also help those who have had an application denied or have not had their claims processed by their employers in a timely manner.

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