Most South Carolina workers who are injured on the job are covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. When the number of claims rises, this could lead to an increase in premiums. In addition, a company may also lose money because of lost productivity, the costs of training a new employee or paying others overtime to make up for the loss of a team member.
Therefore, employers should do whatever it takes to prevent or reduce injuries on the job. It is important to note that any worker could suffer from an injury even if he or she is working in an office on a computer all day. The most common types of injuries involve repetitive motion, bending and lifting. However, employers should talk with employees to find out if there are other workplace hazards that may need to be taken into account.
To prevent or reduce injuries, employers should make sure that equipment runs properly, there are no dimly lit areas and that spills or other debris on the floor is taken care in a timely manner. Employers may also consider offering both new employee training and regular training for current employees to ensure that they are aware of and understand safety procedures and protocols.
Those who incur a workplace injury often are unable to return to their jobs for a prolonged period of time, losing wages in the process. Medical expenses can also add to their financial woes. While workers’ compensation benefits may be available, some employers dispute or deny claims, which is why having the assistance of an attorney can be advisable throughout the process.