Employers may reduce costs by reducing injury risk

South Carolina employers are likely aware that a workplace injury or illness can be costly. Therefore, it is in an employer's best interest to prevent an injury or illness from occurring in the first place. While many companies focus on personal protective equipment to reduce the likelihood of an accident on the job, a layered approach to workplace safety may produce better results.

Employers should look to eliminate hazards whenever possible. For instance, if your people are working from heights, it may be easier to have them work on the ground level. If a hazard cannot be eliminated, it may be possible to look into getting safer equipment or using a different substance that is less hazardous to a worker's health. Employee training and proper labeling of hazardous materials may also decrease the likelihood that someone is hurt or falls ill while on the job.

Finally, employers should make sure that workers have access to protective equipment such as hard hats or safety goggles. Such equipment may prevent an employee from getting hurt because of a fall or because he or she was hit by an object. Injuries as a result of falls to lower levels or being struck by objects cost $10 billion in 2013.

Those who are injured on the job may wish to speak with an attorney about their rights. In most cases, employers must take steps to ensure that a worker has been properly trained on how to use a machine or how to handle a hazardous material. If an employee suffers a back injury or any other type of injury while at work, he or she may be entitled to reimbursement for medical bills and related costs. He or she may also be entitled to a portion of his or her salary.

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