Woodworkers are often exposed to dangers not common in other workplaces. The same is true about those who work with metal and other materials, such as those used for manufacturing replacement windows and doors, and those used for building houses. From sawdust to paint, electricity to open flame, the risks are obvious.
Workers’ compensation insurance protects your employees in the event that something bad happens. It also helps protect you from having to shoulder their medical needs out of pocket. In addition, the local laws in your area may require such insurance, so it will protect you from legal repercussions in case of an accident.
Have your workplace insured, as well, in case a fire breaks out or something similarly damaging happens.
Require protective equipment
Requiring your employees to wear the personal protective equipment (PPE) you provide takes them one step away from dangers. Many employees who get hurt in accidents are usually careless, neglecting their hard hat or safety gloves. Your employees should not be allowed to enter or stay in the work area unless they are wearing the recommended PPE.
Use down draft work tables
A down draft table prevents sawdust or steel filings and similar materials from flying around the workplace. This is important in preventing your place from becoming too dirty or slippery, and it helps protect your workers from inhaling dangerous material. It also protects them from risks of combustion, should the flying material suddenly catch fire. This kind of table will suck in the paint that may contaminate other areas of the workplace, or other products.
Keep the work area clean
Aside from affecting your people’s productivity, a clean work area also helps them avoid slips, trips, and falls, which are some of the leading causes of injuries and deaths in such environments. A clean work area also makes it easy for employees to spot risks and dangers.
A business owner’s responsibilities begin in-house. Protect your business by protecting your employees first. Follow this advice and enjoy better productivity.