Employers of car dealerships need to be proactive when it comes to providing a safe workplace for their employees. Auto dealer workers comp will aid in the physical and financial recovery of those employees who experience injuries while at work, but safety procedures can help prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.
Ways to improve dealership safety
Both, owners and supervisors must be aware of hazards that exist, inform workers of known dangers and put measures in place to inform, as well as correct those issues and areas of concern. The following are examples of common practices that owners can implement that can improve job site safety:
- Provide a safe and healthy workplace
- Ensure that workers are adequately trained
- Keep written records of training
- Establish and maintain a comprehensive occupational health and safety program
- Include a written health and safety policy and an incident investigation procedure
- Support supervisors, safety coordinators, and workers on their health and safety activities
- Take immediate action after a report of a potentially hazardous situation
- Initiate an immediate investigation into incidents
- Report serious incidents to the proper authorities
- Provide adequate first aid facilities and services
- Provide personal protective equipment where required
Worker safety meetings should be held on a regular basis. New employee training should occur as soon as possible, before any actual work responsibilities are issued, which should be carried out by the supervisor. However, the employer has the legal responsibility to ensure that every worker receives adequate training. The employer must follow up to see that the supervisor is carrying out any and all required training. Employers should also work with supervisors to help foster positive employee attitudes towards safety.
Supervisors should instruct workers in safe work procedures at all times, and check that their work is being done safely. They should also ensure that only authorized, adequately trained workers operate tools and equipment or use hazardous chemicals, and that equipment and materials are properly handled, stored, and maintained as well.
By enforcing health and safety requirements, correcting unsafe acts and conditions, and identifying workers with problems that could affect safety at the work site, supervisors are helping maintain a safe work environment, and reducing costs for auto dealer workers comp claims.