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In order to find success in the business world, you must have a workers compensation policy in place. Workers compensation provides both employees and employers with security, as any illnesses or injuries will be covered through the policy. As a business owner, the last thing you want is for a lawsuit to arise because you improperly handled an employee injury. In addition to your workers compensation policy, you must have strict workplace safety guidelines that are enforced.

Here are 5 helpful workplace safety tips to reduce workers compensation claims:

1. While you may be aware of your position, you cannot trust that everyone around you is working through the same safety precautions. Therefore, it is imperative that you are always aware of your surroundings. If someone is operating a crane to the left of you, be sure to watch closely to make sure you are in a secure zone.

2. Many workers fail to recognize the importance of good posture. When you are slouching, you leave your spine and neck in harm’s way. Be sure to always work with correct posture.

3. As an employer, it is your responsibility to schedule regular breaks for your employees. Exhausted employees make for an extremely dangerous work environment. As an employee, it is your responsibility to take your breaks as instructed.

4. Whenever you hire a new employee, it is important that your training program includes accurate demonstrations of each piece of machinery.

5. Most importantly, you must review your safety guidelines on a regular basis. While placing instructional notices on the walls helps, practice makes perfect.

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