Analyzing risk versus safety at work

Simply creating safety rules and procedures may not be enough for Texas companies to keep workers from getting hurt. Instead, it may be better to consider strategies that favor specific outcomes as opposed to completing tasks. It is also a good idea for companies to think of ways to remain productive without putting their employees in danger. Often times, companies will try to prioritize safety or production as opposed to focusing on how to do both.


It is important to note that a lack of reported accidents doesn’t mean that employees are safe. Ideally, employees and managers will continually be on the lookout for hazards as they emerge. This can put everyone within an organization in a proactive mindset as it relates to reducing risk. By eliminating or managing known risks within an organization, it can result in a better safety record.


Furthermore, by focusing more on risk than safety, an employee is more likely to be engaged in the workplace safety process. Typically, employees see workplace safety as an issue to be handled by management. However, they see risk as something that could impact their lives in a meaningful way. Therefore, they are more likely to look for risks and attempt to mitigate them with or without the tacit approval of a manager.


People who are hurt in a workplace accident may be entitled to compensation for their losses. Benefits could include the payment of medical expenses and, in some cases, a percentage of wages lost during the recovery period. An attorney can often assist with the preparation and submission of the required claim.

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