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How Asheville employers can help workers protect themselves

In various Asheville industries, on-the-job accidents and injuries can be physically, financially and emotionally costly to employees. Due to the costs associated with workers' compensation, workplace accidents can also be costly for employers. Due to the significant costs associated with a workplace accident, it is important for both employers and employees to be familiar with ways to achieve workplace safety.

Reducing the number of accidents and injuries in any workplace makes the workplace environment healthier and more cost-efficient. To achieve greater workplace safety, it is important to identify safety risks and establish safety protocols. Some ways to help make the workplace safer include beginning by identifying possible safety risks in the workplace environment. The type of industry the workplace is engaged in will largely determine the types of safety risks employees face.

Once potential safety risks have been identified, employers can utilize appropriate Occupational Safety and Health Administration signage to help educate employees concerning potential dangers and safety risks. It is also important to help develop plans to keep employees safe and ensure employees are thoroughly educated concerning how they can keep themselves safe. Employers must typically train both new and existing employees and thoroughly answer any questions employees may have concerning safety risks and how to mitigate those risks. Lastly, it is important to follow up which may include monitoring or hiring a safety manager if the industry or workplace is inherently dangerous.

It is crucial to make safety a priority in any workplace setting - otherwise, an unsafe working environment could result from employer negligence. When the goals of workplace safety have failed, or were never implemented to begin with, and a worker has been injured in a workplace accident, it is also important that workers understand their rights and the legal remedies.

Source:, "How to reduce workplace accidents with employees," Kate McFarlin, Accessed March 31, 2015

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