When you’re running a business, health and safety should be a top priority.
You need to make sure that you keep your employees safe and that you do what you can to avoid a potential lawsuit. As well as this, you may feel like you have a moral obligation to protect the people who have trusted you. But that’s just one side of business injuries, you also need to look at things from the side of your employees. So, let’s think about both groups of people, make sure we understand what they want and how to achieve it.
From the employer
As an employer, you have to think in terms of premises liability. Premises liability means that if you own a company or office property, you can be held accountable for anything that goes wrong, from emotional to physical injuries. You should consult a lawyer to make sure you know exactly what this entails as well as where your responsibilities begin and end.
Do make sure that you appoint a health and safety officer as they will be able to check your business for hazards on a regular basis. Obviously, the main issue to worry about for the employer is a lawsuit. You should be able to avoid this by setting up workers compensation and guaranteeing that if an employee is injured, they get the level of support that they need.
From the employee
You might think that employees are looking to get injured in the hope of gaining a massive cash payout in a lawsuit. However, this is not the case. The majority of workers are eager to stay in good health so that they can continue to earn a solid living. If an accident does happen, it will most likely be that, an accident and not a direct attempt to cripple your business with expensive legal costs.
That said, it is important to make sure that if an employee is injured, they get the fair amount. Personal injury settlements must take into account the short and long-term impacts of the injury. For instance, an injury could have left your employee disabled and if that’s the case you have to consider what their life is going to be like from now on. Again, it is your responsibility to guarantee their welfare even if they can no longer work for you.
When you are looking to keep your workplace safe, you may well want to take into account the opinions and indeed the ideas of your employees. After all, they are the ones who are working there and they know the issues that are going to impact their health. An example of this would be RSI, one of the most common forms of injury in the office today. RSI can be avoided by employees taking regular breaks. To an employer it might seem like workers are slacking off, however, research shows that more breaks reduce the risk of RSI and leads to higher levels of productivity.
We hope you see now how an injury impacts both sides of the line and that by understanding both perspectives, you can avoid this issue.