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Communicating Safety with Employees

One of the best ways to reduce worker's compensation costs is to develop a safety program, which helps you avoid work injuries. It is useful to remind employees about safety as often as possible. Here are some simple ways to communicate the importance of safety:

Safety Violations. 
Post safety rules and provide training to your employees in proper use of safety devices. Have the employees sign off when you provide training. Additionally, it is vital that you enforce the safety rules consistently. If you have to go to hearing, make sure the supervisor has a list of employees who have been written up or otherwise disciplined for failure to abide by the safety rules. 
Avoid Lifting Injuries. 
Put material that can be manually handled in small containers and material that should be mechanically handled in very large containers. This may help employees avoid confusion about the two. Train your employees to use the mechanical lifts, and don't tolerate shortcuts. 
Keep It Tidy! 
Have a regular housekeeping and maintenance program to reduce clutter. Clutter can lead to slips and trips and also force employees to reach, bend or twist, increasing the likelihood of strain injuries.
Driver Training For Employees. 
Have policies in place that encourage safe driving, since motor vehicle accidents cause a large portion of serious and fatal worker's compensation claims. Such policies include limiting the distance or number of hours an employee drives, forbidding the use of a cellphone while driving and requiring employees to drive within the speed limit and to wear a seatbelt. 
You may already have these and other safety policies. It does not hurt to repeat them to remind employees of the importance of safety.

If you have any questions, please contact Ann Stewart or another member of the Worker's Compensation Group.

This publication is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice. The reader should consult with legal counsel to determine how laws or decisions discussed herein apply to the reader’s specific circumstances. 
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