Employers and employees in North Carolina should focus more on eliminating risks than establishing rigid safety protocols. One key reason is that workers tend to think of workplace safety as something that their employers do on their own. However, workers are acutely aware of the risks that they face whenever performing a task. By focusing more on eliminating risks as opposed to imposing safety tasks, they are more likely to take ownership of the process.
Without worker input, it is difficult or impossible to determine what risks they may face. Without that knowledge, employers can't take the proper steps to keep them safe. It is also important to understand that new hazards may emerge over time, and they are easier to mitigate when workers and managers are actively looking for solutions. Ideally, risk management and productivity will not be seen as competing ideals within a company.
Instead, risk management will be seen as a way to increase productivity and boost morale within an organization. While there may be an upfront cost to implementing such a system, there will likely be a positive return by doing so. Companies should also be sure to prioritize their safety protocols to ensure that catastrophic accidents are avoided at all costs. This is done by understand their risk profile.
Workplace accident victims could face a long period of recovery. It may be necessary to take medication, go through physical therapy or have surgery to overcome pain or other symptoms an injury causes. Those who are hurt at work may have their medical expenses taken care of through their employer's workers' compensation coverage. An attorney can often assist with the preparation and filing of the required claim.