Dangerous workplace safety myths

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If you are an owner, contractor or manager who supervises one or more workers, do you know how to minimize accidents and dangerous situations? This is one of the requirements for running a business, and it is a serious problem. Fortunately, anyone can learn by studying the mistakes of others and immersing themselves in the many myths surrounding workplace safety.

Far too many owners believe that having enough accident and liability insurance solves everything. In fact, all a paid-up policy can do is reimburse a loss or accident that has already occurred. There is also a common misconception about how to implement safety guidelines for vehicle fleets. Office injuries, arson risk, and dozens of other topics are the subject of myths, urban legends, misinformation, and dangerous lies that seemingly never die. Here are typical examples of some of the most pernicious.

Insurance coverage makes workplaces safer

The policies reimburse the losses, and that’s it. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that if you have a lot of insurance, you’re good to go. Insurance policies are an afterthought; they do nothing on the preventive side by helping to avoid accidents and mishaps. While it’s necessary and wise to have coverage, be sure to take active steps to minimize the risk of injury on the job.

Fleets can use set it and forget it systems

Safe fleets need ongoing strategic programs. There are no shortcuts for transport companies that want to operate as safely as possible. Fortunately, managers and supervisors can get fleet safety certification to learn strategic techniques that leverage the power of driver coaching and in-vehicle video connections to minimize false insurance claims, reduce costs, make accidents rarer, and improve driver skills and behaviors. Acquiring the right kind of knowledge is imperative to developing a comprehensive automotive safety regimen.

Office injuries are rare

Mishaps, injuries and serious accidents are commonplace. Injuries, accidents and mishaps in the office are commonplace, especially in companies with many employees who typically work a nine to five shift. People fall, slip, cut themselves, injure body parts using electronic devices, etc. For unexplained reasons, there is a widespread opinion that office work is inherently safe when in fact it is not. Managers must be diligent about having fully stocked first aid kits and teaching selected team members how to deal with medical emergencies.

Managers should write corporate security policies

You need a lawyer. It is noble to want write a security policy for your organization. The problem arises in the wording of the documents, which are often at the center of liability lawsuits. Find an attorney who has experience in workplace safety and pay to have a specific policy developed for your organization. Later, if someone sues the company for a security-related reason, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that your written policy is a legally valid document.

Businesses cannot control the risk of arson

There are ways to minimize intentional fires. It is sometimes assumed that arson is a crime that cannot be controlled. Due to the impulsive nature of the crime, as the argument goes, there is little that people in offices can do to prevent it. On the contrary, it is important to have a company policy on spotting and reporting suspicious behavior in and around the premises. Sharp eyes and attentive ears may notice things like unusual loitering, people staying in the building after their shifts have ended, unusual activity in the stairwells, and objects that could be incendiary devices. Some arson attacks are perpetrated by disgruntled former employees. Managers should therefore note terminated or terminated workers who show up unannounced.

Snow days are old-fashioned and unnecessary

Employees must stay home in the event of inclement weather. Whatever they are called in your geographic region, bad weather days are an integral part of running an organization. It’s about preparing for winter or other bad weather days, and remembering that workers should stay home when the roads are dangerous. Otherwise, owners and managers who encourage people to come to the office could put people at risk. Adverse conditions include things like flash floods, snow, sleet, excessive heat, thunderstorms, heavy rain, icy streets, tornado warnings, the threat of a hurricane, and many more. Follow local weather reports to find out the current threat level before making the decision to alert employees.

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