Have you ever worried about an employee getting hurt while they are at work? You want to step in to help them as soon as an injury occurs, of course. However, what can you do to prevent employee injuries in the first place? Can these help you avoid a potential workers’ compensation claim?
One of the most common causes of employee injuries result from slip and fall accidents. A fall can happen in any place, at any time. Even if you don’t operate a business that requires a lot of manual labor, someone still might fall at any time. They therefore might have a right to file against your company’s workers’ compensation insurance policy. Here’s why you can do so.
It’s easy to assume that your employees will likely have to walk around at some point in their daily work. They might be laborers who are on their feet most of the time. Or, they might spend a lot of time at their desk jobs, but still will have to move around at some point or other. Whenever they are on their feet, there is a chance that they could fall.
Unfortunately, when someone falls in your business, then they might face significant injury risks. When a child falls, they can often bounce right back—not so with adults.
And, when these injuries occur, they might cause a big problem for those who are the victims. Not only might the injured party sustain significant injuries, but they also might have to lose valuable time at work, and time equals money. Workers’ compensation exists to help injured employees cope with the losses that might occur as a result.
By filing against workers’ compensation, injured workers can afford to be off work while still receiving an income during their recovery. So, if the injured employee wants to file against the workplace’s workers’ compensation policy, then he might be able to receive a supplementary income in the meantime.
Avoiding these Injuries
In many cases, it doesn’t matter if the business was at-fault for the employee’s injury; if the employee fell while in the business, then they might have a right to file for workers’ compensation. Therefore, qualifying workers might include:
- An employee who is supposed to move a set of boxes, and falls during the process
- Someone who is walking through the office on their way to a bathroom, but trips over a cord stretched in the middle of the walkway.
- An employee who slips and falls on ice while walking through the break room.
On one hand, a well-established workers’ compensation risk inspection, performed by a professional, can help you avoid the potential fall risks that exist in your space. However, you can also keep a close eye on the business yourself, at all times, to be ready to step in to protect employees if accidents occur.
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