Work-related injuries could happen unexpectedly and could create a stressful situation for the injured worker and their employer. It could contribute missed shifts at work, and could bring production to a halt. In addition to the natural concern for the welfare of their workforce, employers have several responsibilities after a workplace injury.
In British Columbia, employers must file reports to the appropriate authorities following a work-related injury. Moreover, employers may face an official investigation into the accident in certain circumstances.
Most workplace accidents are preventable, and employers can take systematic steps to reduce the chances of workplace injuries.
Making safety a priority
Canadian law requires certain employers to establish a health and safety committee and develop clear policies for accident prevention and reporting. Training is one of the most effective ways to minimize workplace accidents. Employers should thoroughly train each employee for the tasks they will perform and schedule regular meetings to review policies and procedures. These training sessions can focus on presenting employees with the following information:
- General safety procedures for the workplace
- Rules of safety for all equipment
- Thorough instruction on how to safely use the tools for assigned tasks
- Tips for recognizing when a hazard exists
- Methods for reporting unsafe practices or areas
An employer or the safety committee should also conduct periodic safety inspections of the workplace and immediately address any complaints or concerns employees have about workplace hazards.
Given the complexities of the occupational health and safety laws, many employers find it helpful to consult an experienced employment attorney to fully understand their obligations. Whether one is striving to comply with safety laws or is facing an investigation into a workplace accident, having professional guidance can help them face these issues with confidence.
Our lawyers offer comprehensive representation for public and private organizations, individuals, and government agencies regarding compliance with occupational health and safety legislation. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions regarding this topic.