Workplace injuries have costs for everyone involved. For the employee, an injury means missing time from work, and could mean missing paychecks. For the employer, an injury may mean paying out costly workers’ compensation claims.
Nobody wins when there’s an injury at the workplace, which is why so many employers have made worker safety a priority. This is especially true in the manufacturing industry.
A recent Star Tribune story offers a look into the safety measures used at several Minnesota manufacturing companies.
The consensus among the companies is that it’s imperative to have an efficient and comprehensive safety plan. Many employers are using government and industry programs to improve safety conditions. Some interesting statistics are presented in the Star Tribune story:
- 35,500 injuries last year required employees to miss time or be reassigned.
- 74 injuries resulted in death.
- 17 percent of workplace injuries took place in the manufacturing industry.
- Employers pay out $1.66 billion per year in workers’ compensation claims.
We’ve mentioned in the past that workplace injuries are down overall, but these numbers show that safety is still a concern. Businesses that don’t have safety measures in place are behind in a very important area.
It’s great to see more businesses taking employee safety seriously, but everyone should still be aware of potential hazards. Staying safe in the workplace is not a passive enterprise, and accidents can happen to even those who follow every safety rule.
Staying aware at work and continually updating safety practices are the best ways to avoid injuries.