If there’s one thing the vast majority of employees and business owners can agree on, it’s that workplace injuries can be a hassle. Many times workers compensation attorneys have to get involved, but an employee is missing work and suffering from what was likely a preventable injury.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2010 National Compensation Survey, workers compensation costs represented almost 1.6% of overall employer spending in that year alone. And the truth is that most workplace injuries are preventable.

How? Let’s take a look at a few solutions.

Training

Above anything else, if applicable, your company may need to provide adequate safety training to employees. This entails knowing and adhering to OSHA standards, as well as making your employees aware of any hazards in the workplace. If you want to avoid workers compensation claims, this may be the first step.

Assessments

How do you know what is a workplace hazard and what isn’t? Assessment! Before you do anything, you need to assess where there are clear hazards in your workplace and what you can do to fix them. A workplace always has hazards, it’s just a matter of finding them before they find your employees.

Hindsight

What are the most common injuries in your company? Overexertion? Slips and falls? The sooner you can identify which issues your employees have been faced with, the sooner you can take measures to prevent these things from happening again in the future.

Monitoring

If your employees aren’t following standard safety procedures, it poses a major workplace hazard. Monitoring your employees’ behaviors while they’re on the job could clue you into some holes in your training or some problematic members of your team.

Communication

Aside from training, this is the most important preventative step you can take. An employer who knows their workforce understands that some people may not be able to complete a job without putting themselves at risk.

Workers compensation claims can be tedious and time-consuming, but if you take the time to prevent injuries from happening you may see a lot fewer of them.