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Workplace accidents impact Massachusetts businesses

When people are faced with tough jobs at their companies on a daily basis, they may be more focused on losing their minds than on losing their limbs. Nevertheless, being critically injured on the job is a reality, and it can occur unexpectedly in Massachusetts. More small business owners are beginning to focus on workplace safety in order to avoid workplace accidents, which can affect a company's bottom line in addition to affecting the health and finances of the workers who are injured.

A recent survey showed that small companies were most concerned about safety risks at the job site. These businesses intend to focus more on this area rather than other types of risks, such as risk associated with cyber security and natural disaster. The most valued assets to owners of small businesses are their employees, so keeping them safe and productive is paramount to maintaining strong employee morale in the workplace.

Some of the most common injuries in the workplace include falls, trips and slips. Throughout the United States, these actually make up about one-fourth of all job-related injuries that are not fatal. Other types of work-inflicted injuries involve automobile accidents and mishaps with equipment.

Workers' compensation insurance is mandatory for businesses in Massachusetts, as it provides injured workers the benefits they need when they are not able to work due to illnesses or injuries caused by workplace accidents. This type of insurance also essentially protects a company from being sued by injured workers as well. Comprehending laws related to this type of insurance may help an injured employee to pursue all of the benefits and medical treatments he or she requires and has a right to receive.

Source: ifawebnews.com, Workplace safety top concern for businesses in 2014, No author, Feb. 19, 2014

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