Work place accidents are a lot more common than you might think. Although you may feel that your office is fairly secure and safe, it is important for you to remember that the people who work in your office come in to work every single day and do the same jobs daily which increases the chances of them encountering some form of an accident at some point during their time with your company. If you are lucky, it will be a minor accident and you will be able to get away with simply paying for all of the employees’ medical bills and with a small compensation. However, in the case of a major accident and a severe injury, you may find that you are facing lawsuits and it is important for you to keep in mind that the chances of you winning the lawsuit in case of a work place injury are extremely slim.
Your company will be expected to have a certification such as the ISO 14001 or similar to declare your company is up to standard. If you are ever faced with a lawsuit, not having the relevant certification could lower your chances of winning the lawsuit or at least facing a smaller pay out even more.
Types of accidents that could occur
One thing that you need to keep in mind is that you can never predict the type of accidents that could occur. You might find that your employees chair has gotten loose due to a broken screw and causing the said employee to fall and hurt or injure her spine very badly. The type of business you run could either lessen or heighten the chances of injury to an employee and therefore it would be a good idea to have an OHS consultant in Brisbane who has followed a valid course about health and safety come in and check if your office is up to standard in terms of safety.
If for example you are a construction company, your chances of injury within the office is much higher than if you were an accountancy company for example. Your consultant should be able to make sure you reach the standard expected in order to get the certifications needed. You will also be able to make a calculation about the chances of a work place injury occurring. While you will never be able to prevent a freak accident from occurring, you will be able to prevent many kinds of accidents by simply using the right precautions even if it does cost your company a little extra money.