When one of your employees gets hurt on the job, it is not uncommon for you to feel worried that a similar accident could happen again. It is hard to see anyone get hurt, especially when it is on your watch. While we all know that not every single accident can be stopped, the important thing is to focus on preventing accidents whenever you can. This also helps to keep your workers compensation cost low.
After an accident occurs at the workplace, you should take time to reevaluate your business’s safety. Of course, the accident will be investigated by your insurance carrier, but reviewing the rest of your business plan may be a good idea as well. You may find other areas of your business to be lacking in the amount of safety you assumed was already being utilized by employees.
Taking some time out of the work day to sit with employees and go over your business’s safety policies can make a world of difference when it comes to accident prevention. Sometimes all it takes is a little reassurance to your employees that they are doing things properly. Other times, you may need to make some changes so that your employees better understand the process and why your company does things the way it does – for the safety of your employees and clients.
If you need any help developing a better safety plan for your business, do not hesitate to get in touch with your workers comp insurance carrier. They have special loss control reps to help keep your business safe and running smoothly. And if you do have an employee who is injured on the job, be sure to follow Rhode Island workers comp rules regarding the RI employer’s first report of injury.