Legally, socially and morally as a manger it should be your highest priority to keep your employees safe. An employee that suffers a long term work related injury cannot only be demoralizing to a workplace; the financial cost is estimated on average to be $5000 and 21 days off for the employee. This compensation figure only covers a small percentage of the costs. It does not account for indirect costs, such as:
The time to process and manage the injury
Increased workloads for other staff to perform the injured person's work
Loss of expertise and necessary skills and additional training for replacement staff
The human aspect of pain and suffering.
Effective strategies to prevent slips, trips and falls are usually simple, inexpensive and lead to both immediate and long-term benefits, increased productivity and reduced compensation costs. The following pages within this section provides a good starting point
to reduce and prevent slip, trips and falls occurrences.