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Preventing accidents in the workplace

New Jersey employers can use safety equipment and training to make their workplaces safer. The necessary equipment to lift heavy loads along with protection for the eyes and hearing is important. Putting safety protocols in place and ensuring that they are understood and followed is also crucial.

Workers should be encouraged to adhere to safety guidelines and work at paces that allow for that adherence. Pushing workers to an unreasonable quota may result in cutting safety corners. Ultimately, this can be more costly for an employer than a more deliberate pace that allows time to observe all safety regulations.

Healthier employees are less likely to become ill in the workplace or make mistakes. Employers can help create a culture that encourages healthier living with incentives such as gym membership and healthy snacks. Mental health is as important as physical health, and poor mental health even lead to workplace violence. Anger management training as well as training employees to recognize situations that may become volatile might help prevent incidents arising from violence.

Workers may slip or fall in any type of workplace. In addition to training workers to use safety equipment correctly and consistently, it is important to make sure that areas where people walk are free of clutter. Spills should be cleaned up and irregular floor gradations marked.

Regardless of safety precautions, on-the-job injuries will unfortunately continue to occur in many workplace environments. Those who are injured and who are covered by their employer's workers' compensation insurance may want to have the assistance of an attorney in preparing and submitting a claim for benefits thereunder.

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