The manufacturing and construction industry are two of the most labour-intensive sectors in the employment market. There are several kinds and categories of skilled workers employed at these companies, running into billions worldwide. However, the news of accidental injuries, deaths, and negligence is still an everyday occurrence. For the same reason, the Government is tightening the noose on businesses that employ skilled labourers on a contract, shift, or permanent basis to have an extensive workers’ compensation policy.
This is an attempt to safeguard the interests of the working class, a move welcomed by businesses and labour unions alike. However, have you wondered why businesses should mandatorily focus on their workers’ compensation benefits and insurance? This blog will answer your questions through a detailed explanation. Let’s get right into it!
The said insurance is a provision set up for each labourer or site worker under the company’s name for the tenure of their service. This is set up in order to ensure financial support for the aggrieved and their dependents upon any mishap or accident that leads to the injury, disablement, or death of the worker. Usually, families of the affected worker reach out to a personal injury attorney, which can run into a compensation lawsuit. However, if you already have an extensive and elaborate compensation set up for your employees, this will save time and struggle on part of both parties.
- Adheres to governmental compliances: The government has several steps in place to care for the working class of the country. In fact, businesses can get fined and penalized if they lack in complying with their labour law compliances. When your business is up to date with the latest workers’ compensation amendments, you may also receive a few relaxation and benefits from the government. This brings a necessary action-reward connection that motivates construction companies to provide policies for their workers.
- Ensures the safety of site workers: There are several prerequisites put in place to ensure that your employees are safe at their workplace. For instance, if this is a construction site or chemical production environment, the employees are required to be provided with safety gear. This can look like reflective gear for night shifts, hazmat suits for high-risk and exposure zones, audited and tested harnesses and helmets, and more. Taking this a step further, medical assistance on-site to ensure the fitness and health of every team member is a great way to boost employee safety.
- Create better working conditions: Bringing the focus towards your construction or site workers’ well-being on duty goes beyond shift hours and clean working conditions. The employees are usually contract-based skilled labourers who are the sole breadwinners of their families. Oftentimes, the families of the labourers and site workers do not have the knowledge or understanding of compensation. If you don’t have a sound employee compensation mechanism in place, they suffer. When they are insured for their safety against any mishaps or accidental injuries during their tenure on-site, having a streamlined process to compensate them for the medical bills as well as damages to their livelihood is imperative.
- Higher business approval rates: Your organization is not only answerable to the clients but to all the stakeholders. This may include funding angels, shareholders, creditors, lenders, and governmental authorities apart from common citizens. When your company has a spotless record for addressing accidental injuries, deaths, and cases of perceived negligence with maturity and efficiency, the approval rates spike as well. The aim is to reduce any instances of injuries and mishaps by creating stricter regulations to eliminate negligence on-site, which also displays accountability on your part.
- Build a culture of trust with the workers union: The labour union in every organization, state, and jurisdiction is proactively looking for ways to bridge the gap between the management and workers. One of the best ways to have a smooth sailing relationship with them is to ensure that the workers are assured of their safety, physical, mental, and financial. A workers’ compensation policy helps with all three, reducing the chances of a conflict.
If you’ve been with us until this point in the blog, we’re sure you have learned a great deal about the business aspects behind workers’ compensation. While the focus is to provide reassurance and assistance to your site workers, the results also transfer the benefits to your business in terms of goodwill. We hope that you go the extra mile and complete the groundwork established!