Ways To Help Your Business Avoid Accidents

Accidents are common in the workplace, but that doesn’t mean they’re acceptable. Businesses can prevent many accidents by taking the proper precautions. It’s hard to recognize in the moment, but many of the decisions you make as a business owner can dramatically hurt or help you later down the line. There are many ways you can help your business avoid accidents right now, saving you time, money, and resources in the long run.

Keep Employees Healthy

One of the first and most important steps to avoid accidents is to keep your employees healthy. Keeping employees healthy ensures they are working at their best and avoiding accidents. Workers are behind most accidents, as they can:

  • Improperly handle equipment

  • Miss signage for a spill and slip

  • Accidentally overlook a critical issue in a piece of equipment

There are many areas where issues can take place, and sometimes they are purely accidental. Other times, you could overwork your employees, impairing their ability to think critically and avoid accidents. Make sure you’re not overworking your employees, and make sure they have the resources to stay healthy. Provide them with plenty of breaks, personal time outside of work, and access to food and water and don’t place unreasonable expectations on them. A worker who’s at their best won’t make the same mistakes as one who’s tired and slow to react.

Lots of Training

In addition to keeping employees healthy, you must also ensure they receive proper training. Employees could make a mistake because they’re tired or because they’re unsure of how to operate a forklift and properly spot hazards. Regular and comprehensive training can help keep your employees knowledgeable about what to do in an emergency and how to spot something unsafe. These trainings may interrupt working hours, but a well-trained workforce is much less likely to make mistakes that lead to dangerous accidents.

Keep an Eye on Your Equipment

Every business utilizes equipment, whether they’re a farming business that uses tractors, a sales department that requires computers, or a restaurant that needs a pizza oven. As such, every business has something that can fail and put its success in danger. Even a water tank can fail if it develops cracks and leaks, leading to water contamination or flooding.

Thankfully, if you keep an eye on your equipment, you can spot these visual issues early and take the necessary measures to fix them. For example, relining your water tank is great for many reasons. It can prevent cracks and leaks from forming, extending the tank’s lifespan and protecting the water inside. Similarly, noticing when a tire on a forklift or tractor needs replacing can prevent a blowout from hurting your employees and putting the vehicle out of commission. Equipment can improve safety, but only if you watch over it and maintain it regularly.

Protecting your business and avoiding accidents by using these tips will dramatically improve your business. Safety is a key feature of every industry, and keeping these accidents at bay is one of the best ways to keep employees safe and trusting in the business.

Originally Published on https://www.breakfastleadership.com/

Michael D. Levitt Chief Burnout Officer

Michael D. Levitt is the founder & Chief Burnout Officer of The Breakfast Leadership Network, a San Diego and Toronto-based burnout consulting firm. He is a Keynote speaker on The Great Resignation, Quiet Quitting and Burnout. He is the host of the Breakfast Leadership show, a Certified NLP and CBT Therapist, a Fortune 500 consultant, and author of his latest book BURNOUT PROOF.