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Building a better safety culture in the workplace

New York human resources workers and business owners should regularly review safety standards in their workplace. They should begin by surveying the physical environment and noting any hazards. Another consideration is the cultural risks. This includes examining whether there is an overall culture of safety.

For example, workers might be ignoring safety standards because they feel they lack the time to follow proper procedure, or they might have a tendency to forget the procedure. A strong safety culture also means that people are not under too much stress and that problems are not arising such as the sharing of confidential information. Furthermore, employers and supervisors should look at whether people are performing tasks that are outside of their job description. This could be dangerous because they may not be properly trained for these tasks.

After looking over the workplace and noting hazards, supervisors should consider how they can build a better culture of safety. This means developing an environment in which workers are committed to the overall health and safety of their coworkers as well as themselves. An effective safety culture is built into a company's values.

A person who is injured in the workplace might want to consult an attorney. While workers' compensation is available for most injured workers, a person might suffer serious injuries because of third-party negligence. For example, a construction worker might be injured because a piece of equipment malfunctions or a safety harness is not secure. The worker might be unable to return to the job for a long time or might be permanently disabled. If this happens, it may be possible to file a civil suit against the manufacturer responsible.

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