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Workers' compensation: BBB promotes safe workplace environments

With June being National Safety Month, the Better Business Bureau encourages employees to make sure their work's infrastructure is safe and the equipment they use is in good condition. Compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 that governs workplace safety in the private sector may also limit workers' compensation claims. Employers in New Hampshire and other states must prioritize workplace safety to protect the well-being of workers and reduce production loss due to workplace injuries.

The National Safety Council says, nationwide, almost 13,000 workplace injuries occurred per day in 2014. It says about half of the over 3 million illnesses or injuries that were reported resulted in workplace absences. Safety protocols must be established in all industries, and although transportation, construction, agriculture and warehouse industries account for most of injured worker claims, workers in offices or retail stores are exposed to safety hazards as well.

Measures must be in place to prevent slip-and-falls, struck-by accidents, falls from elevated areas and more. Also, workers must receive proper training to inform them of potential hazards and teach them how to properly use personal protective equipment. Workplace violence is also an area that needs special consideration -- not only from outside the workplace but also between co-workers. Security procedures must be reviewed to protect workers from outside elements, and resolves must be found for workplace disputes.

New Hampshire workers who are suffering the consequences of workplace injuries are entitled to pursue financial help with medical expenses and lost wages. Benefits claims may be filed with the workers' compensation insurance system. The program is a no-fault system that makes any workplace injury compensable regardless of who was at fault, and workers may not hold company owners personally responsible.

Source: oaoa.com, "BBB: Tips for workers during National Safety Month", Heather Massey, Jun. 12, 2016

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