Employers must do everything in their power to protect employees from work-related injuries and illnesses. Unfortunately, protection often comes after incidents have already occurred. Companies must change their focus and become more proactive.
Protection may be as simple the taking time to put on the proper attire that helps to shield them from getting hurt or becoming ill.
Employees at Hormel Foods Corp. are required to wear hard-hats, hearing/eye protection, hairnets and sanitary shoes. However, workers did not receive adequate time to put on the gear and clothing.