In 2017, 104 million production days were lost because of work-related injuries. That’s a lot of money your company could lose. Having safe workers will not only keep you from losing production time but could increase it.
Below we’ll look at the importance of using industrial safety supplies.
By having industrial safety supplies you can reduce how often injuries happen. In 2017, 971 or 20% of deaths occurred in the construction industry. When you have proper gear and training you could save 582 of these workers. The leading causes of death were attributed to the fatal four:
- Struck by an object
Remember that not all fatalities are instantaneous. You could have workers die from illness or injury (or infection due to injury).
Make sure you have safety policies in place, and properly train your employees. As part of your policies make sure your workers wear the mandatory equipment. When your employees are protected and know the dangers, they’ll be far less likely to get injured, sick, or die.
Another way to ensure your employees are safe is to make sure they aren’t working alone. Have them work in teams of two or more.
Check OSHA’s website for the basic requirements for your business.
When you provide safety gear and training, your workers will feel safer. This will lead to happier and more productive workers. If your employees don’t feel properly protected, they can legally refuse to work. This can cost your business money and time.
Take care of any safety hazards your workers report immediately. This will show your employees you care about them and they will feel safe. They’ll be more willing to talk to you in the future should something happen as well.
No matter what industry you work in there is bound to be some form of employee injury. The question is, is that injury preventable? When an injury happens, if you have workers’ compensation, it can cover part of the cost of the injury. Yet, your employee can sue you if they don’t feel the cost was adequately covered.
In this case, if you have liability insurance it can cover you. Unfortunately, it may not be able to cover everything. On top of that, depending on how the injury happened, your insurance may not cover it.
Moreover, hired independent contractors aren’t covered on your liability insurance. You’ll want to be extra careful with them.
Having protective equipment can prevent a lawsuit from happening in the first place.
More Productive Workers
Training your employees in safety procedures will improve how your employees work. They’ll know how to do their job properly without flaw. This means you won’t have to worry about your employees needing to stop working due to injury.
Start by training your employees in a safe environment, don’t train them on-the-job. They could be injured during the training which would end up costing you more money and time. On top of that, as new technology becomes available you may have safer avenues for how your work is done. This will not only keep your workers safe, but it’ll make production much more efficient and faster.
The Importance of Industrial Safety Supplies
Industrial safety supplies are an important part of your business. It not only benefits your workers, but it benefits you too. A safe worker is a smart worker. Reach out to us today if you have questions about product safety.