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How can employers help keep employees safe?

As an employee, you hope that your employer will do whatever it takes to keep you safe at all times. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. Instead, there are times when safety is swept under the rug, with your company putting other things, such as money, first.

Here are some of the many ways employers can help keep employees safe:

-- Educate everyone about safety requirements and safety risks.

-- Keep an open line of communication to ensure that employees are able to ask questions as they arise.

-- Let everyone know if a hazard exists.

-- Be alert of any risk that could impact a worker, no matter how big or small.

-- Take immediate action if an employee is injured on the job, as to prevent the problem from worsening

-- Keep employees in the loop in regards to safety planning and other procedures.

As you can see, every company, big and small, can take these basic steps. Sometimes, something small can go a long way in helping to keep employees safe.

Safety should be priority number one on any job site. With this focus, it's much easier for the employer and employees to feel comfortable with how things will unfold each and every day.

If you're injured at work, regardless of the reason, don't wait to receive medical attention. Also, make sure you report the accident and injury to your employer.

The steps you take after an accident will go a long way in helping you file a claim for and receive workers' compensation benefits in the future.

Source: Atlantic Training, "Workplace Safety Tips," accessed May 16, 2017

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