Every year, workplace injuries cost business owners billions of dollars in injury claims and leave them with many lost work hours to contend with. Last year, private industry employers reported nearly 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This may cause business owners in Pennsylvania to wonder how they can prevent accidents from taking place.
The best way is to start with the flooring. Slip and fall accidents cost business owners $2.35 billion each year, yet many think that such accidents can be avoided merely with signs and the proper shoes. On the other hand, there are good reasons to consider getting floor mats.
Mats can prevent slip and falls by adding traction to the ground. Second, they can prevent injuries, as well as fires, caused by electrostatic discharges. There are special anti-static mats made just for this purpose. Third, the cushioning in some mats can make workers more comfortable and prevent health conditions that arise from prolonged standing, such as cardiovascular issues and lower back and leg pain.
If spills are a frequent occurrence, mats made from chemical- and grease-resistant rubber can drain away any oil or water before it poses a threat. They can help guide workers through areas where visibility is poor. In addition, they can mark out both safe and unsafe zones.
Ideally, employers should consider all of these things when creating standards for workplace safety. Even when all protocols are followed, however, workplace accidents will continue to take place. Employees who are injured in one might find it advisable to have legal assistance when filing a claim for worker’s compensation benefits.