Keep employees safe in the workplace
February 27, 2017
When an employee gets injured on the job, businesses are affected in two, distinct ways: first, productivity suffers during the employee’s absence. On average, injured employees who file a claim miss 5.4 weeks of work. During that time, companies are often forced to make additional hires to help pick up the slack.
Second, medical compensation can be costly. Though workplace injuries in Australia have decreased significantly over the last decade (Safe Work Australia reports a 31% drop in the rate of serious claims), median compensation for on-the-job injuries have increased by a staggering 71%.
In short, it’s more important than ever to protect your workplace from potential employee injury. Here are just a few ways we can help you do that:
Safeguard Against Safeguard Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents alone cost employers an average of $25,009 AUD a year in worker’s compensation claims and lost productivity. The good thing about these kinds of accidents is that they’re easily and completely preventable.
By installing non-slip surfaces (floor matting, for example), employees and pedestrians can walk safely through your workplace without losing their footing. Floor mats are designed to absorb water, trap dirt and debris, and flatten cords and cables — providing a smooth, seamless transition between flooring materials.
Increase visibility with fluorescent and reflective material
There’s a reason runners and cyclists often wear bright, reflective clothing: they understand that the first step in protecting themselves is remaining visible to passing vehicles. Certain materials seem to glow (or flouresce) even in broad daylight, allowing recreationists to travel city roads safely and securely.
Laborers and construction workers often face the same dangers as these runners and cyclists. Sometimes they’re situated near busy roads or forced to work alongside heavy construction vehicles (tractors, bulldozers, etc.). It’s imperative that these employees are outfitted with fluorescent or reflective material to stand out and keep safe on the job site.
Relieve and prevent stress-related injuries with anti-fatigue mats
Standing the same place for a long amount of time can take a seriously toll on your feet, ankles and legs. Anti-fatigue mats are designed to alleviate some of the stresses prolonged standing can put on the body. Thick, ergonomic, and cushioned, they require the user to make frequent “subconscious balance checks and micro movements,” which stimulate blood flow and lessen fatigue. These same movements also mitigate back pain and stress on the lower extremities. It’s the same principle used in cushioned foot insoles like Scholl.
To see how we can help keep your employees safe in the workplace, contact Australian Uniform Service TODAY! We have locations in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria. All have been awarded National HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) accreditation (c/o SAI Global Food Safety CODEX Certification).