Nationwide News: Keeping your employees safe

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The impact of accidents or injuries to employees can be long lasting. Not only will they affect productivity, these accidents can affect insurance rates and even a company’s reputation in the marketplace. That’s why taking precautions to prevent employee injuries and proactively promoting an environment of safety every day are some of the best investments a business can make.

Nationwide Agribusiness suggests businesses work with their insurance companies to identify and prevent the most common causes of personal injury accidents in the workplace and establish safety programs that specifically address hazards unique to your operation.

Companies aren’t establishing this culture of safety just to stay productive and profitable. They do it because it’s the right thing to do. Nothing weighs heavier on a business owner’s mind than an accident that could have been prevented. Every company has to be passionate about safety and following best practices.

Top 10 ways to protect employees

Preventing worker injuries in the first place is the best practice. Here are the Top 10 ways you can create a safety-conscious environment at your business and help protect your employees:

1.     Make safety your No. 1 objective in your workplace from the top down. Establish safe work procedures. Make sure employees understand and follow them. And, don’t just talk the talk. Walk the walk.

2.     Provide training to cover all areas of your operation. Ensure and document that all employees are attending and receiving the appropriate training.

3.     Hire qualified employees. Make sure current employees are in the right positions.

4.     Investigate all accidents (as well as near misses) to evaluate the cause. Learn from these events and make changes to procedures, equipment, or processes, wherever needed.

5.     Provide the correct personal protection equipment for the task, and verify regularly that this equipment fits employees appropriately.

6.     Complete (and document) proper maintenance on all equipment to ensure it is in good condition and repair or replace equipment whenever needed.

7.     Inspect all vehicles and mobile equipment regularly to maintain safe operating condition.

8.     Train employees on the proper use of tools, equipment and machines. Document the training.

9.     Maintain good housekeeping of your premises and equipment.

10. Conduct regular safety inspections. Make sure all safeguards on machinery and equipment are in place and in good working condition.

For more information, contact your local Nationwide agent, call 1-877-OnYourSide or visit Nationwide’s website specifically for Ohio Farm Bureau members..

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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