Possible Consequences to workers & Possible Costs to an Organization Resulting From an Accident at Work
- Identify possible consequences to workers injured in an accident at work.
- Identify possible costs to an organisation resulting from an accident at work.
- Outline the actions, management may take to prevent similar accidents.
Possible consequences to a worker injured in a workplace accident include
- Pain and suffering and even disability or death with its resultant impact on family life;
- Loss of earnings and future earning capacity following time off work and even loss of current employment;
- Medical expenses and
- Loss of confidence and motivation giving rise to social and psychological problems.
Possible costs to an organisation resulting from an accident at work include:
- Costs associated with lost production and damage to products;
- The need to pay the injured worker during their absence and to fund a temporary replacement with the need for additional training;
- Repair of damaged plant and equipment and the cost of clean-up;
- Investigation and remedial action and the additional administration incurred;
- An increase in insurance premiums;
- Fines and compensation awarded, and court and other legal representation costs; and
- Intangible costs arising from a loss of business image and the detrimental effect on worker morale resulting in reduced productivity.
In order to prevent similar accidents, management could take actions such as:
- Carrying out a comprehensive investigation and communicating its findings to the workforce;
- Reviewing the health and safety policy together with existing risk assessments and control measures;
- Introducing a programme of regular inspections and monitoring, a more effective standard of supervision and disciplinary action for nonconformance with set procedures;
- Consulting on a regular basis with the workers and
- Introducing a programme of refresher training not only on the operation of plant and equipment but also on general health and safety awareness.
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