• Workplace Safety: Perception vs. Reality
  • March 16, 2018
  • Employers are responsible for the safety of their employees in the workplace. According to a recent survey, conducted by Rave Mobile Safety, many employers are lacking when it comes to communication about safety, and planning for safety in the workplace. Therefore, many employees may perceive their workplace to be safer than it is, but recognizing a problem is the first step toward fixing it.

    There are many types of emergencies that employers have not planned for and communicated to employees. Some of those emergency events include an active shooter scenario, hazardous material incidents, weather alerts, and cyber-attacks. Having plans in place for these potential situations would limit damage and injury and create a climate where employees could enjoy peace of mind.

    Baby boomers are ahead of their younger counterparts in the workplace. They tend to be more aware of emergency safety plans that are in place on the job. They are also far more likely to report an issue that could potentially impact their safety. Employers need to find a better way to communicate with generations that are more technology-inclined.

    Respondents of a recent survey agreed that a preferred method of communication is needed in an emergency. Both onsite workers and remote workers agreed that a text message is the best way to be notified during an emergency, although an intercom system may also work depending on the circumstances. Even so, many employers do not currently have a mass text message notification system in place.

    If you have experienced an emergency at work that was not properly planned, or you have suffered a work injury, please call the Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP by calling 215-512-1500 or contact us online. We offer guidance and powerful representation to obtain the financial compensation you deserve. Our offices are centrally located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and we serve clients from the surrounding areas.