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How employers can make work safe for employees

A New Jersey worker who is injured on the job often face medical bills and lost income. For employers, an injury can reduce productivity and employee morale. However, there are certain things employers can do to prevent workplace injuries and keep employees safe.

Employers should be aware of the risks and work to prevent any accidents before they actually happen. Having safety protocols help ensure that employees remain safe while working with potentially dangerous equipment. Although these protocols may appear costly to employers, they will save money in the long run by preventing expensive injuries and accidents. Having training days so that the employees understand the protocols can also be helpful in preventing accidents.

Another thing employers can do is to prevent falls and slips. If an employee is required to be on a ladder or on a roof, employees can ensure that the worker has been trained to properly use safety equipment. Additionally, all of the safety equipment should be regularly checked and maintained to keep it effective for when it is needed. To prevent potential slips, employers should keep the work area clean and free of debris. If the surface is slick, non-slip mats should be utilized.

Even if an employer does its best to reduce all of the risks and hazards in its workplace, accidents can still occur. A worker who has been injured on the job may be eligible to seek workers' compensation benefits that can include medical care and partial wage replacement under certain circumstances. An attorney can often help with the preparation and filing of the required claim.

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