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3 steps to reduce the risk of work injury compensation claims — and better protect your employees

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Workplace accidents can cause injury to your employees and your business. The resulting job absences may mean lowered productivity, lost time replacing personnel, and/or unplanned overtime or temporary worker charges. For a smaller company, during a busy season, or when trying to complete a key job for a client, this can be especially devastating.

Work injury compensation insurance is designed to cover medical expenses and lost wages for employees who are injured on the job — but the best way to protect your employees is to help them avoid injury or illness in the first place. Furthermore, too many work injury compensation claims can potentially lead to an increase in your insurance premiums. 

Here are three important steps you can take to protect your employees and avoid workplace accidents:


  1. Assess the risk

    Put together a dedicated safety team that regularly assesses risk factors at your business facilities. Depending on the size of the company, this may include hiring dedicated risk managers and outside consultants. For each facility, piece of equipment or process, take stock of potential dangers and establish procedures to mitigate those risks. 

    • Create a written safety plan. 
      Include policies for safe conduct and for reporting incidents, as well as procedures. 
    • Keep the plan up to date. 
      Review and amend as new equipment or processes are introduced.


  1. Establish a “Safety First” culture

    Ensure that safety is embedded in the workplace culture and make it a collaborative responsibility of both management and employees. A great way to enhance and promote this is through a formal workplace safety program. 

    • Start from day one. 
      Your written safety control program should fully explain the company’s safety policies; make sure all new hires review the policies during onboarding.
    • Make your program visible. 
      Communicate your safety culture through posters, frequent notifications, and talk it up in meetings.
    • Reward good safety records. 
      Let your employees know you value their efforts to maintain a safe workplace. 
  2. Train and set employee expectations

    Training for all levels of employees and management is key to creating a safe environment for all. In addition to job-specific safety training, conduct regular refresher sessions. Take these opportunities to remind staff to avoid unsafe behaviors, like heavy lifting without proper precautions or supervision, or hazardous situations, like walking on wet, slippery floors. Consider first aid training for some or all of your staff. Be sure to:

    • Train early and often. 
      Anytime a worker is new to a facility or piece of equipment, conduct safety training for that site or machine. It can also be helpful to train workers on safety basics, like ladder or lifting safety.
    • Ensure a two-way dialogue. 
      Encourage employees to come forward with safety matters; listen to and act on their concerns.
    • Evaluate and evolve. 
      Regularly — and not only in the event of an accident — conduct safety reviews, update training procedures, and implement preventive measures.
    • Consider a variety of training options. 
      Effective training can be done through in-person or classroom training, webinars, and online learning. Having a variety of options can make it easier to schedule employees for appropriate sessions.

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