For many years, the efforts of employers, lawmakers and agencies throughout the country have been to minimize accidents in the workplace. The country is better when our working environments are safer. Stopping serious and fatal accidents, of course, is one of the most pressing priorities in this safety initiative.
Why is it, then, that fatalities continue to rise in this country? And what can be done about it?
According to a recent article in Claims Journal online, workplace fatalities are up 7% in 2016. Transportation injuries are the most frequent cause of fatalities, and falls, slips and trips increasing from previous years, as well.
These are significant, and alarming, statistics. With all the legal efforts made to improve workplace safety, it is hard to believe that our workplaces continue to become increasingly dangerous.
What Can Be Done to Make Workplaces Safer?
Many would suggest that increased and stricter legal regulations are the answer, or perhaps more stringent compliance oversight or more significant financial penalties for companies that fail to meet safety standards.
Although these measures could help to a degree, the fact is these have been tried, yet workplaces continue to become more dangerous.
Until companies begin to actually treat employee safety as more important than the financial bottom line, workplaces are not likely to get significantly safer any time soon. Almost all accidents are avoidable if companies are willing to put in the extra investment in safety measures, safety education, slowing down performance demands and other measures. But all of these negatively impact the bottom line.
Until companies begin to take these measures, it’s every worker for themselves. You need to be the one responsible for your own safety in the workplace. Take every measure you can to avoid injuries, and if you are injured, you will have to fight aggressively to make sure you get the compensation you need.