[This article was written by Lizzie Weakley.]
Lawsuits and accidents are not all common, but a really big one could break the foundation of your business. You and your company could face a wide range of mishaps, such as hospital bills, property damages, declining sales and angry customers, to name a few. For these reasons, learn to provide full protections for your business.
Safety is the number-one concern that most people have about a business. Its level of safety depends on how well it is maintained. Even a task as simple as cutting the grass or repairing a leak can prevent many accidents, such as slips and falls or the presence of snakes. It’s easy to ignore the importance of maintenance and allow building damages to worsen, which increases the risks of accidents. Each year, it takes only an hour or so to find the right maintenance provider and schedule an appointment.
Most business owners are optimistic and not ready to accept that disasters could happen. They tend to obtain the minimal amount of liability insurance based on their hope that they won’t need it. Every property owner needs this coverage in case of a slip and fall, faulty elevator, broken handrail or other building defect that is often overlooked. Liability insurance covers professionals that are sued by injured clients or visitors for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other problems. They are covered for their legal fees even if they caused the accidents themselves and can avoid draining the business’s savings account.
Accidents occur more often in buildings that are not maintained regularly. This includes floors that are left unclean, resulting in slips and falls, and unclean kitchens that are allowed to accumulate disease-causing bacteria. Routine housekeeping is needed to reduce common accidents and injuries that are completely preventable.
Safety and Compliance Training
Your employees need regular training to know how to avoid lawsuits and work at preventing accidents. They need safety training to learn how to identify dangers in the workplace, use personal protective equipment, follow safety techniques when using machinery and report accidents correctly. They also need compliance training to learn about local, state and national workplace safety laws that they need to follow every day.
Protect your business from being hit and destroyed by one misfortune after another. Start by maintaining the safety of your employees and customers by keeping your property safe. Maintain a high level of awareness for health and safety in the workplace. In the end, have a greater peace of mind knowing that you’re prepared for every problem.
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.