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Run a Safer Business: Protect Employees & Customers

Published on Jun 29, 2012

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Read our article, 'Run a Safer Business: Protect Employees & Customers' at 'Time to Start Up,' the small business blog by BizFilings.
By Brooke Miller Hall June is National Safety Month. Even though your business may not have the same risks as big companies with fleets of vehicles, huge warehouses and thousands of employees – don’t dismiss the importance of safety practices. Every day small businesses face property and liability losses, which could have dire results on the company’s future. What kinds of losses are we talking about? The breakdown for small business losses looks like this:
  • 38 percent employee work-related injuries
  • 35 percent business-property damage
  • 14 percent injury and/or property damage to others
  • 13 percent related to company vehicles
To help prevent your company from becoming a statistic, today we’re sharing safety tips on how to protect your employees and customers.
  • Organize your workspace to reduce the amount of lifting, bending and twisting needed to perform job functions.
  • Make sure you and your employees know how to lift properly and always get help when lifting heavy objections.
  • Keep your walkways well lit, free of snow/ice and maintained to prevent trip-and-fall accidents. Also make sure rugs are in good condition and floors are clean and dry.
  • Make sure aisles are wide enough to move around safely.
  • If your business uses special equipment or machinery, make sure that anyone who uses these tools is adequately trained – and make sure to do regular maintenance/safety checks.
  • Depending on your industry, you may require staff to always use safety equipment, such as eye protection, gloves, appropriate footwear, etc.
You commercial insurance agent may have additional resources to help reduce the risk of a liability loss at your place of business. In part 2,  we’ll share some tips on how to protect your business property.