The work place should always be a safe place to spend the day. From the minute we walk in the door to when we walk out at the end of a shift or work day, we should be confident that no harm will come to us. However, this is not the case with some professions and work places.
A recent report states that, on average, there are 13 workers fatally injured and more than 10,000 hurt or made ill every day in 2014. The same report notes that 50,000 workers die from chronic occupational diseases each year. Yet, most of these are preventable, Enterprises TV believes.
Employers are responsible for the safety and welfare of their employees, no matter the job. If workers are exposed to noxious fumes during the work day, the employer must provide a mask and other protective gear to prevent the employee from becoming ill. The same is expected from offices. Employees working in rooms where noise is constant need protective ear gear to prevent hearing loss, migraines and other ill effects. Leaking sinks and toilets should be repaired as soon as possible as the puddles on the floor can cause slips, falls and injuries. Broken chairs, wobbly desks, poor lighting, open file cabinet drawers –these can also cause work place injuries. Fix or throw out broken office furniture. Replace burnt out light bulbs. Close all file cabinet drawers when done.
Enterprises TV encourages employers and employees to work together to make the workplace safe. Be aware of the hazards and find effective ways to prevent them. Don’t cut corners when it comes to workplace safety. Every person is valuable to the business. Every person is entitled to a safe workplace.