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Tips to help companies create safety programs

In 2016, there were an estimated 10,700 nonfatal employee injuries among highway workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ideally, North Carolina construction companies will have a safety plan to reduce the number of accidents that occur. This includes working with employees to mitigate as many risks as possible while on the job. Managers can convince workers to follow a plan by making safe decisions at the job site.

Inspections should be conducted on a regular basis to ensure that machines or other materials that workers use are safe to operate or handle. If an individual is hurt or gets sick on the job, there needs to be a reporting system in place. Employees should feel comfortable that they won't be retaliated against for reporting an injury or illness. Near misses should also be reported to management as they occur.

Managers and employees should understand what to do in an emergency situation. Both groups should work to identify foreseeable scenarios and create protocols to follow if they occur. These plans should be kept where everyone has access to them. Once a plan is created, it should be reviewed regularly to determine if changes can be made to make it better. Over time, safety planning will become ingrained as a part of the company's culture.

Those who are injured or get sick in a workplace accident or toxic exposure event could be entitled to compensation. The workers' compensation system also allows injured workers to obtain a portion of their wages while out of work. Generally, a worker is covered regardless of why an accident occurred. Employees who have had an application denied may benefit from consulting an attorney.

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