There are many things that workers take into consideration when looking for a job. One of the things that likely ranks high for most job hunters is a safe workplace. Though workers' compensation benefits are usually available to individuals who are injured in an accident or become ill due to workplace conditions, workers would probably say that they would prefer to have not been injured in the first place. In the long run, this could be best for businesses as well.
One way to make a workplace safe is to involve workers in making the workplace safer. In some cases this may involve creating a program where workers are financially compensated for their ideas. In other situations, a suggestion box is sufficient. Employers who are on the fence about pursing this course of action may change their mind when they learn that productivity is often increased when workers are involved in shaping workplace safety.
Another reason that businesses in the state of Pennsylvania might find it beneficial to take workplace safety seriously, is economic. For example, the creation of a certified safety committee could result in a workers' compensation premium reduction of 5%. In addition, preventing the need for workers to seek workers' comp benefits can save tens of thousands of dollars. This is because even when a business has workers' compensation insurance, it will still sometimes have to pay a certain amount out of pocket.
Of course just creating a safety program is not enough. Many business settings are fast paced which means that change regularly occurs. Accordingly, the safety plan should be updated as needed as well. If you have questions about workers' compensation or feel you were injured because you workplace is unsafe, please call the Pittsburgh workers' compensation attorneys at Dugan & Associates today for a free consultation at 412-922-0800.