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Accidents in the Workplace: Workplace Safety and Accident Prevention in Texas

Accidents in the workplace are not uncommon.

While accidents cannot always be prevented, there are a few steps that employers can take to help create a safe work environment. One of the best ways to reduce accidents in the workplace is by taking steps towards accident prevention.

Here are some facts about accidents in the workplace, and ways that you can help to create a safe work environment for your employees.

Common Workplace Accidents
Slips, trips, and falls are among the most common causes of accidents in the workplace. Other dangers come from falling objects, burns, fires, dangerous substances, and even stress. Safety in the workplace doesn’t happen by accident! Employers should take specific steps to help create a safe work environment for their employees.

Accident Prevention
Taking steps to create a safe work environment can help with accident prevention.

- Create Safety Policies and Procedures –Include practical steps for accident prevention, and include proper protocols for handling situations
- Communicate Your Expectations for Safety –Post safety information, and ask employees for their input on improving workplace safety
- Establish a Safety Management System –Include risk assessment protocols and monitoring procedures
- Act to Correct Safety Hazards –Don’t just talk about safety –act on it!
- Have the Right Tools for the Job –Don’t encourage employees to improvise
- Provide Employees With Necessary Safety Equipment –Provide safety equipment, as well as safety training for employees
- Have a System for Creating Incident Reports After Accidents –Write up incident reports for each accidents, no matter how small, investigate the accident and find out how the accident could have been prevented 

Workers’ Compensation
It is estimated that about 33% of the Texas workforce does not have workers’ compensation coverage. The implications and risks for employers without workers’ compensation include being sued by an employee who is injured at work, and having to pay out of pocket for medical expenses and lost wages to the injured employee.

Texas law offers valuable protection for employers with workers’ compensation. According to Texas workers’ compensation law, if a company has workers’ compensation, and an injured employee recovers workers’ compensation benefits for an injury that is sustained on the job, they cannot sue their employer for additional compensation –except for rare cases.

For more information on a workers’ compensation package to help protect your company from workplace liability, contact Texas Energy Insurance at (877) 952-1010.