Accidents and emergency situations can happen in any environment, in any industry, at any time. In 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 3.7 million recordable injuries and 5,071 fatal workplace injuries. And, although the employer may be the responsible for creating a safe work environment, it is the responsibility of each individual employee to take an active role in maintaining safety at their worksite every day.
1. On the Road Again – According to The Occupational Safety & Health Administration workplace driving accidents cost employers an average of $60 billion annually. To help stay safe, there are a number of tasks both employers and employees can do:
Each month, perform an inspection on all company vehicles and make any necessary repairs. Before driving a company vehicle, visually make sure break lights and turn signals are working, tires have adequate pressure and that there is gas in the vehicle. Follow all formal safe-driving plans and policies for the workplace, and make sure to abide by all traffic laws.