Employees invariably hope that their workplace is a safe one free of needless risks and opportunities for needless on-the-job injuries. It is easy to see the benefits to workers of a safe workplace. But what is in it for employers to create a workplace safe for employees? In a word: profits.
When work safety professionals discuss the types of injuries and events that result in injuries, they are often focused on the industries in which the injuries are most likely to occur. Sometimes they dive deeper into the numbers and examine the frequency with which certain types of injuries occur to men and women.
You can see them in Jonesboro offices, as well as in offices in Atlanta, the state of Georgia and across the U.S.: SSDs. OK, what’s an SSD? Sit-stand desks. Workers sit for awhile and then stand. Or they stand for awhile and then sit. The idea is that because “sitting is the new smoking,” the desks help employees be less sedentary and more mobile even as they are required by their duties to be at their desks.
Every workday, first responders put themselves at risk of harm in order to help others. While physical harm is common among these workers, there is also a very real threat of psychological harm from experiencing traumatic events. Unfortunately, the severity of psychological injuries is often minimized and workers who suffer these types of injuries may face challenges getting necessary treatment and benefits.