This past week has been cold (and we mean really cold). Still, we saw some contractors out and about last week; clearing snow, and working on other projects (like the beginnings of a kitchen remodel) that New York contractors have come to expect from November until April. While jobs may be slow during our offseason, they still carry the same amount of risk and danger (perhaps more) that we deal with during the warmer months. This past year alone there were an estimated 12 fatal injuries a day, which is why we at Contractors Insurance are making it our New Years resolution to make your workplace as safe as possible. We know we don’t have the power to prevent all workplace injuries, but with some basic information you might be able to create safeguards against the most common causes of injury. Listed below is our road-map to workplace injury prevention in 2015.
Workplace Injury Prevention Road-map
To better understand how to avoid injuries, we think it best to start by defining which injuries are most prevalent in the workplace and then break them down for our workplace injury prevention road-map. So, without further ado, here are the top 5 causes of onsite injuries.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
It’s winter time which means the likelihood of you being involved in a motor vehicle accident is much higher than when the roads are warm and clear. Whether you are a snow removal contractor or a commercial truck driver be sure to educate yourself and your employees on safe driving techniques and provide proper training for those employees. Doing both will lessen the chance of a potential accident.
Musculoskeletal injuries are typically caused by overexertion (like heavy lifting) and fatigue. You can improve workplace injury prevention by teaching employees proper lifting techniques and by keeping them well rested and physically fit.
Repetitive Motion Injuries
Repetitive motion injuries typically take a while to set in but they are extremely common. They’re also protected under your workers compensation policy. To avoid higher premiums encourage your employees to take breaks and reduce frequency of an activity if they begin to notice unusual amounts of pain.
Slips, Trips and Falls
Slips and falls are fairly common on contractor work sites (and are even more so during the winter). By using proper signage to warn of dangerous conditions and maintaining a clean work site you will soon be prepared for workplace injury prevention.
No matter how serious you are about workplace injury prevention, accidents still may happen. When they do, you will want to make sure you have both general liability insurance and workers compensation to ward off any potential disasters. If you have any further questions please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-649-9094. Stay safe!