When it comes to thinking about workplace injuries and accidents, there are a lot of misconceptions regarding what can be done in terms of preventing them. Here is a closer look at some of the most common misconceptions associated with workplace injuries:
- It is impossible to have a workplace that is free from hazards: This is simply untrue. Taking the time to identify potential hazards, as well as to provide staff with proper safety training and personal protective equipment, can be a powerful way of mitigating possible hazards and making the workplace as safe as possible. When employees are not aware of potential hazards and do not have the proper protection from them, that is when the hazards become dangerous and significantly increase the risk of workplace accidents and injuries occurring. Although some hazards may be tricky to identify in work environments that are regularly changing, skilled safety officers will be trained on how to evaluate changing conditions, how to inform staff of them and ultimately how to keep workers safe.
- It’s too expensive and time–consuming to focus so much attention on safety in the workplace: Although there is an upfront cost in terms of time and money necessary to identifying and mitigating potential workplace injury risks, this cost pales in comparison to the backend costs businesses sustain in the event that one or more employees are injured on the job. Some of the ways in which a workplace injury can be costly to employers include through paying workers compensation claims, suffering a decrease in productivity and having to possibly pay higher insurance premiums. In the case of workplace safety, the old adage an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is truer than ever.
- Workplace accidents are inevitable: This misconception is particularly dangerous because it takes the action and responsibility out of workplace safety. It’s important to point out that more than 99 percent of all workplace accidents can be prevented. This means that, with the right safety measures in place, employers can do wonders in preventing their workers from being injured on the job.
If you have sustained a workplace injury and are considering (or in the process of) filing a workers compensation claim, it’s essential that you contact the Colorado workers compensation lawyers at the Law Office of Michael P. Dominick. Our legal professionals have a proven track record of success when it comes to securing our Clients the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and financial losses. For a thorough evaluation of your case, along with expert advice on the best manner in which to move forward, call us at (303) 447-2644.