There were more than 68,000 non-fatal job-related injuries in Texas in 2020. Workplace safety is important to protect employees from personal injury. And employers are required to comply with safety standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Below are some common workplace safety issues that often affect employers and employees.
Trips and slips
Thousands of workplace personal injury cases result from trips and falls. And trips and falls can occur in just about any workplace. A wet floor in a grocery store, a broken stair in a business office or an item lying on the floor can cause an accident. An employer can look for potential dangers and work to prevent them.
Violence in the workplace
Physical violence, verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment can occur in the workplace. The behavior is highly dangerous, as it can result in death, injuries and mental anguish. Some employers have counseling services for employees who are struggling emotionally. More workplaces are also focusing on improving the mental health of employees and employers.
Threat of electrocution
A typical workplace often has potential electrical safety issues. Employees may interact with printers, computers, light switches, sockets and more. These items are generally safe but electrical hazards can quickly develop. A frayed wire can cause a fire or a plug that’s shorting out could electrocute someone. Employers and employees should keep an eye out for potential electrical threats.
Injured visitors or customers
When customers or visitors enter a workplace, the employer is responsible for their safety. Delivery drivers, customers, vendors and salespeople can be injured while visiting a workplace. If that happens, the employer might face a lawsuit.
Focusing on workplace safety
Employees and employers might not realize the potential dangers in their workplace. Attention to workplace safety helps keep everyone safe.