Nowadays, we live in a compensation culture. If you haven’t heard this phrase before, don’t worry. But it’s about time that you clued yourself up. That’s where we come in to help. Compensation culture is essentially given to a society whose members believe that they are entitled to cash compensation for the slightest error or fault. While compensation should be given to certain individuals who have experienced wrong at the hands of a company, many people take advantage of the law and claim for the most absurd things. Compensation culture has indeed been the downfall of many businesses, pushing them into bankruptcy or marring their reputation so badly that they couldn’t possibly hope to operate and profit again. So, how do you avoid allowing your business to become the next victim of compensation culture? Well, a good place to start is to remove any potential hazards or threats to your staff, customers, or any other individual who may happen to get involved with your company. Here are a few areas to focus on.
Warning signs are used to alert people to potential hazards, allowing them to prevent certain scenarios from occurring. If there is ever any form of liquid spilt on the floor, make sure to stand a yellow wet floor sign over the affected area until everything is cleaned up and dried. If a part of your commercial property has particularly low ceilings, install “mind your head” signs. The same goes for unexpected steps or dips in the level of flooring: “mind the step” signs can prevent all sorts of falls and consequent twisted or sprained ankles alongside other injuries.
Fall Protection Systems
Many commercial properties have easy access to the roof for various reasons. Whatever you may use yours for, it’s important that anyone working on the roof should be safe and protected. This is why you need to install effective fall protection systems with safety rails and toe board brackets that can prevent people from slipping from the edge of roofing.
Security cameras help to solve an astounding number of issues raised in public places. This is perhaps why most properties that allow members of the public free access have them installed. If a customer claims that a certain situation occurred, you can check back through the security tape in order to witness the real sequence of events first hand. It can also be used to show acts of self-defence on your part. These tapes could prove to be invaluable pieces of evidence if issues are brought to a court of law.
First Aid Kits
You should always have a fully stocked first aid kit in easy reach for use in emergency situations or to help out in minor incidents. Ensure that it contains the basics such as plasters, bandages, scissors, tape, antiseptic wipes and eye baths. Have all of your staff trained in basic first aid (including yourself), so that you know what to do if someone is hurt, injured, or sick in your commercial property.
These simple steps don’t take a lot of time or effort. But they can make all the difference when it comes to protecting your company from false claims and ensuring the best level of protection when it comes to anyone coming into contact with your commercial property.