Lucky you, if you’ve managed to avoid personal injuries at your business. Personal injury claims from customers and employees alike inundate many businesses, especially in recent years. These cases cost businesses of all types precious time and plenty in legal costs even if they have proper insurance in place. This is why I recommend taking steps to keep your company premises and operations safe and consistent. Let’s talk about several things you can do to protect everyone who comes into your establishment.
Here are 4 tips to avoid personal injuries at your business.
Setup Your Systems and Protocols Properly
Set up systems and protocols correctly and follow any industry standards and local laws. Maintaining safety for everyone depends on this. Accidents happen when key pieces of equipment and installations around your business property fall short of industry standards. Of course, the specifics depend on the type of business and location. However, some types of care are expected for any business place. For instance, to avoid issues, use a Licensed electrician for all wiring on your business property.
Provide Thorough Training
If you own a business that is at high risk for injury, provide your staff with thorough training on all expectations, standards, and use of equipment. For example, if you have a warehouse with machinery or heavy boxes, train your staff in how to lift properly. It is also good to arrange refresher courses frequently to ensure everyone stays compliant. All new staff coming into your business should know and be trained on all aspects of health and safety immediately. The last thing you want is for one of your employees to get injured due to something that could have been prevented.
Another thing you can do to avoid personal injuries at your business is to post signage on the premises. These visible messages remind everyone who enters your business about important safety rules, dangers, or expectations. Signage is important to post for visitors and customers as well. Perhaps you have a tricky stairway or areas that are restricted. It’s the best way to prevent accidents and inform everyone of things they need to know about your business.
Complete Regular Safety Checks
Finally, make sure that you or a manager takes responsibility for safety in your building. This person(s) is in charge of completing regular checks for safety, efficiency, and compliance. Include inspections of things like sprinkler systems, pathways, chemicals, alarms, lighting, disabled compliance, etc. These inspections ensure that people can enter, do their business, and leave your business safely. You can even ask the fire department to come and check your business for any hazards that might get missed.
We hope this helps you understand some key steps to avoid personal injuries at your business. In doing so, you can dodge expensive lawsuits and ensure that your business brand is not damaged by a poor reputation from personal injury complaints from employees or customers.