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What employers can do to avoid accidents

Workplace injuries are no joke. In 2013, they claimed 4,585 lives, according to a report from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. On top of that, it's thought that exposure may cause up to 50,000 deaths annually.

There are some things that employers can do to prevent these accidents and avoid injuries, however. Some of the top tips from experts include the following:

-- Use signs to tell workers of safety procedures they should follow and dangers to avoid. A reminder can go a long way.

-- Clean up in the work space. This doesn't just mean cleaning up spills or sweeping up loose debris. It can also mean organizing things, like extension cords, so they don't provide unneeded hazards.

-- Give employees the training they need. Employees who are not properly trained may be more likely to get hurt when mistakes are made. When handing out safety equipment, proper training with that equipment is necessary.

-- Keep vehicles in good shape. A lot of workplace accidents happen on the road, and preventing vehicle breakdowns may help reduce the risk.

-- Report things when accidents do happen. This can help the staff focus on safety in the future.

-- Try not to take shortcuts. It can be tempting to do things as quickly as possible when revenue is tied to production, but rushing and taking shortcuts can be dangerous. For instance, workers sometimes don't use safety gear because it will take longer to put it on than the task they have to do. Employers should not encourage this or ask workers to be unsafe just to be faster.

Have you been injured while on the job? If you have, it is wise to look into all of the legal rights that you have in Illinois.

Source:, "Workplace Accidents: How to Avoid Them and What to Do When They Happen," Simon Brisk, accessed July 28, 2016

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