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Keeping workers safe on a reasonable budget

We frequently write about the fact that it is important for both employers and employees to work together in order to cultivate a culture of safety in the workplace. However, employers and employees are often hesitant to initiate certain safety reforms for fear that the costs of implementing them will hurt the company’s bottom-line, the ability for employers to retain qualified employees or both. Thankfully, a number of cost-effective safety-related reforms can help to ensure a safe workplace.

First, it is important for employers to make smart hiring decisions after receiving valuable feedback from existing employees. A number of workplace accidents occur when employees are not as invested in their own safety as they arguably should be. If employers learn from existing employees what characteristics are lending themselves practically to a safe environment and then hire new individuals who exhibit these characteristics, the worksite will almost certainly remain safer as a result than it would be if careless individuals were hired instead.

Second, it is important for employers and experienced employees to train new workers with an eye for safety. When individuals have been working in a certain environment for a long period of time, they may start to take certain safety practices for granted. When training new workers, it is critical that employers and experienced employees view the jobsite from the eyes of a newcomer and educate new workers accordingly.

Finally, it is imperative that current safety practices are treated as a top priority. Beyond implementing new safety practices, it is critical that those which have already been implemented are treated with ever-present respect and concern.

Source: Entrepreneur, “6 Ways to Improve Workplace Safety Without Going Broke,” Phil La Duke, June 16, 2014

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