Carl Potter and Deb Potter are Certified Management Consultants who work to create environments where no employees get hurt. They recently collected what they deem to be the top three safety myths regarding workplace injuries in an effort to clear up the confusion surrounding accidents at work.
Myth: You cannot create a hazard-free workplace
A shocking number of people suggested that it’s impossible to create a safe workplace. A hazard-free work environment can be created by identifying and evaluating workplace risks and then applying the proper controls to physically protect employees. Discipline and diligence are required to recognize and mitigate all hazards in the workplace.
Myth: Creating a safe environment takes too much time and money
A cost benefit analysis regarding workplace safety quickly dispels this myth. Even a minor injury has significant direct and indirect costs associated with it. In addition to the direct costs involved with a personal injury at the workplace, productivity goes down as well. It’s much more cost effective to address workplace safety issues before they become a problem.
Myth: Accidents just happen
Research suggests that as many as 99% of all accidents could have been prevented. We have a lot of control regarding the circumstances that surround us, and workplace safety is no different. Workers should understand that they do have control over their surroundings, and once they actively prepare for potential hazards, they’re much more likely to avoid workplace injuries.
If you have been injured in the workplace, it’s important that you immediately notify your supervisor in writing explaining the accident. The Shane Pellerin Law Firm is happy to walk you through your options regarding your workplace accident, and it’s important to contact a lawyer immediately if you think you have a workplace injury that will require a claim. Contact us today for your complimentary workplace injury consultation.
Source: ASSE.org, “Top Three Myths About Workplace Injuries–And What You Can Do to Bust Them,” Carl Potter and Deb Potter