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Preventing workplace deaths and injuries

Illinois is home to many different trades and industries, and the state's economy relies on safe and effective workplaces of all types. Although workplace injuries are most harmful to their victims, preventing accidents and illnesses are not only the responsibility of employers but beneficial for them as well.

Workplace injuries often cause direct cost to businesses due to lost time and workers' compensation insurance, and also may cost employers due to lawsuits on behalf of workers injured or killed on the job. An attorney may help employees determine their options if they have suffered due to a workplace injury.

Employers and workers can cooperate to make work-related accidents less likely by following a few simple steps. Larger companies or firms facing higher risk, like contractors and medical professionals, may want to create an accident prevention plan covering all levels of employee safety and health.

Many accidents involve workers and supervisors who are not properly qualified or prepared to operate equipment or products that can cause injury or death. All co-workers must be comfortable with their responsibilities, as well as offered education and safety equipment to ensure proper worksite conditions.

Personal protective equipment is often required for specialized and dangerous jobs that are more likely to harm those with responsibility. In addition, adequate staffing levels are important with large jobs like construction or disaster response. Exhaustion and high levels of work stress may correlate to accident rates.

Any safety measures that have been put in place should be monitored and constantly improved. The best workplace is one with the experience to prevent injury instead of one with constant injury experience.

Source: Concentra, "10 Tips to Prevent Workplace Injuries," accessed Dec. 01, 2017

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