Workers' compensation expert advises employers to promote safety

Companies that promote employee safety are more likely to prosper in the long run, according to an executive with an Ohio-based workers' compensation agency.

Randy Jones, the senior vice president of CompManagement, recently told Smart Business that employers should take workplace safety very seriously. By providing adequate safety equipment and regular training sessions, he said that companies can avoid unnecessary workers' compensation expenses.

According to Jones, claim costs are one of the three major factors that determine an employer's annual premium with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. Thus, he recommended that companies should ensure that they are following state and federal laws.

These procedures depend on the industry. For example, employees who work with dangerous machinery or hazardous materials should receive lockout/tagout training. Individuals who spend time at a high elevation may need to wear a safety harness for fall protection.

No matter what the company's line of work, every employer should have a first aid kit on hand, Jones told the media outlet.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, at least one first-aid kit should be accessible at small work sites. Multiple kits should be provided at larger operations. 

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