December 16, 2013
Each year, thousands of working Tennesseans are injured as a result of accidents on the job. The Nashville Workers Compensation Lawyers with Ponce Law explain the state is working to reduce this number though. Reports indicate they are achieving this goal by implementing a program that aims to challenge both employers and employees to create a safer work environment.
According to WorkersCompensation.com, the Voluntary Protection Program is sponsored by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The program seeks employers who have demonstrated the ability to create safe work environments by having health and safety management systems in place and performing below the national average for on-the-job injury rates.
The program has been considered as a success, with participants seeing injury and illness rates that are almost 70 percent below the national average. Furthermore, these businesses also tend to report 60 to 80 percent fewer days of lost work due to injury or illness.
Fewer workplace accidents have been found to lead to work environments that improve employee motivation and work efficiency.