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Reducing financial losses from workplace injuries

Published on Jul 19, 2016 at 5:53 pm in General Blogs.

When Maryland workers are injured on the job in Maryland, both they and their employer experience financial losses. Injured workers loses income while they are recovering from their injuries, and the worker’s employer loses productivity. Financial losses from work-related accidents may be reduced if employers take steps to assess risks and create safer workplaces.

The first step that an employer must take to make sure that its workplace is reasonably safe is to evaluate potential hazards. A common hazard in almost any workplace is repetitive motion injuries from activities like bending and lifting. Workers are also frequently injured by hazards like cluttered work areas and damaged staircases that could cause falls. Equipment that is not operating correctly can also be a common workplace hazard.

Employers must be able to identify workplace hazards and fix them as quickly as possible. Worker training is another component of a good workplace safety program that employers must be vigilant about. New employees should be properly trained on how to use equipment safely, and all workers should receive updated safety training when it is needed. Maintaining a safe work environment can be a team effort that both management and employees stay engaged in.

An injured worker can claim reimbursement for some of the economic losses that result from a workplace injury by filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits claim. Although receiving benefits would preclude the worker from suing an employer, there are some situations in which a personal injury lawsuit against a non-employer third party, such as the manufacturer of a defective piece of equipment, could proceed. An attorney can explain the procedures that are involved.

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