Getting your workers to buy in with workplace safety

By Chad Lindsey, DTRIC Insurance Risk Consulting Manager

The health and safety of your employees and customers should always be your main priority. Keeping your staff safe helps best maintain their physical and mental well-being, and upholds worker morale. And a safe business operation protects the reputation of your livelihood.

Work-related accidents also affect the financial bottom line of your business. Protecting people from on-site injuries reduces any loss time in work attendance and productivity at your business.

Since potential accidents can involve both employees and customers, insurance coverage for your commercial business can end up being one of the biggest costs. That’s why it’s important to prevent work accident injuries to help lower those costs.

The first step to implementing a successful workplace safety plan is getting your staff involved and buying in to that strategy.

To assist with that, DTRIC Insurance came up with a process that we call A.I.M. – Analysis, Interaction and Motivation. When put to action, these three words will solve any problem that your business may be experiencing:

Analysis – The very first step towards setting up an effective accident prevention program is understanding the issues that contribute to previous accidents and injuries in your workplace. Past work records and accident reports, as well as on-site inspections can help with that.

Interaction – Communication is key to a successful strategy. Productive interaction between a team of workers is essential for achieving a favorable outcome. Talking about workplace safety during management meetings and forming a staff safety committee are good first steps.

Motivate – The more safety is promoted in the workplace, the more motivated employees will be to work safe and report potential safety hazards that need correction promptly.

Your goal is to lower your insurance costs, and by applying those three words of A.I.M., you will be well on your way to reaching your goal of controlling injury-related costs.

Chad Lindsey has been consulting and assisting business and residential property managers on accident risk prevention for over 25 years.

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