When it comes to premises liability in Missouri, it is the employer who should ensure the workplace is safe. Even so, it is the people who work in the space everyday who are in the best position to identify safety hazards and recommend the best solutions.
Whether employers listen is a separate issue, but by making suggestions, employees are taking the first step in the right direction. Here are two main workplace safety suggestions that may help to reduce accidents and injuries at even the most dangerous businesses.
Increase on-site security measures
Forbes recommends security guards as one way to protect commercial property and its tenants. If car break-ins, robberies or other violent crimes are a threat at the workplace, guards may help to reduce this problem. If there is already one security guard on site and the problem continues, then consider asking for the following:
- Increase in number or posts of security guards
- Alarms on doors to vaults, restricted access areas etc.
- Strategically placed panic alarms
- Controlled access to the building
- Surveillance cameras
Conduct routine inspections
Forbes notes that proper inspections require the help of employees to spot unsafe conditions. While this is an important element of safety monitoring, many employers may go no further than this. Employees may not be aware of all the different chemicals, gases and equipment used in a space and how they may prove dangerous. As a result, workers who handle chemicals and heavy machinery should consider asking their employer to have a regular inspection conducted by a professional.
Maintaining a safe workspace requires teamwork that features employee involvement and employer buy-in. If employers fail to follow up on suggestions made by employees, then at the very least the employees may be able to create a paper trail if they or fellow workers fall victim to the identified safety hazards.