Every company should have appropriate safety protocols in place to protect the employees as well as the company. Even companies that have suitable workers’ compensation coverage can suffer financial harm if the policy premiums increase due to a high number of accidents.
As you set your company’s safety policies, you must ensure that they meet or exceed the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This requires you to take a look at every procedure that’s done within your company. You also have to look at the various machines and equipment that are used by your company.
Once you have the policies and procedures set, you need to relay those to all employees, regardless of tenure or experience. You can’t just stop providing this information after the initial notification to employees. Continuing education and periodic safety briefings serve as reminders about the company’s safety policies.
You also need to establish procedures for what happens when an employee suffers an injury at work. Supervisors should have a good understanding of how to handle these situations, such as getting the employee medical care and filling out an accident report. Part of protecting your company from litigation involves ensuring that injured workers get the proper help from the company.
Even if your company has acceptable safety protocols in place, workers will still suffer injuries. These cases sometimes lead to litigation, which requires a strong legal strategy for your company. Working closely with your attorney can help you to accomplish this so you can work toward protecting your company from serious financial harm.