Workplace safety programs and employers’ efforts to implement safe practices are both key for workers’ safety. The following takes a look at the importance of workplace safety in regard to workers’ physical and mental health, how an emphasis on worker health and safety can create a better work environment, and what you can do if injured on the job.
Workplace Safety Critical for Workers’ Health
There’s no doubt that workplace safety programs are essential for keeping workers safe, healthy and happy within the workplace. In fact, Australian news media quoted an official from the Safety Institute of Australia who noted that improving workplace safety could have a positive impact on workers’ morale. The official notes that lax safety measures intended simply to give the illusion of safety may erode worker trust.
Instead, employers can take real safety measures that help keep workers safe. This can help foster trust and may even have a positive impact on worker productivity. For example, workers at an organization that provides basic safety gear and more advanced gear may appreciate the employer’s message that its workers’ health matters. The added trust may foster a work environment where workers feel happier, safer and more secure. This, in turn, could lead to greater productivity.
Who’s liable for workplace injuries?
The hope is that by implementing measures that truly promote safety in the workplace, the number of workplace accidents will fall. Unfortunately, workers still may be injured or develop illnesses as a result of workplace exposures or accidents. In any event, injured workers should seek medical attention right away and work with a lawyer to explore options to recover benefits or compensation for related damages.
If injured in a workplace accident, you have the right to file a claim for workers’ compensation. This allows you to collect medical benefits and disability benefits, among others. In some cases, you may be able to file a third-party liability lawsuit for damages if a third party’s actions caused your accident and injury. An attorney can help assess the situation and guide you when making a decision about how to pursue compensation.
Injured on the job? Take action now!
If injured in the workplace in Des Moines, take action now by calling a workers’ compensation and personal injury attorney today. At Walker, Billingsley & Bair, our attorneys know the ins and outs of the workers’ compensation system and will fight to get you the benefits you need. If you’re ready, call us now at 888-435-9886.