What employees think about worker safety

Employers and employees in Minnesota and throughout the country don't necessarily agree on what workplace safety means. Companies that have younger workers may need to try even harder to communicate workplace safety plans and goals. Of those under the age of 45 who took part in a Rave Mobile Safety survey, 53 percent were either not aware that their employer had a safety plan or said that there was no plan.

Of those who were aged 45 or older, only 34 percent said that they were unaware of a plan or that it didn't exist. Furthermore, 87 percent of respondents said that they only knew about planned responses to fires at work. However, only 57 percent said that they knew what their employer had planned in the event of poor weather, a hazardous chemical situation or if there was an active shooter situation.

Employees who responded to the survey said that they preferred to hear about an emergency situation by text message. This was true whether an employee was working at an office or at a remote site. Currently, only those who work on remote sites get emergency text message alerts. Sending emergency text alerts to all workers may become more important as the number of young workers increase and fewer people work in a centralized location.

An injured worker is generally eligible for workers' compensation benefits regardless of fault. These benefits can include the provision of medical care, reimbursement of medical expenses, and in some cases a percentage of wages lost during the recovery period. An attorney can often assist with the preparation and filing of a claim.

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