Employees and their employers need to have a mutually beneficial back and forth relationship so that there may be growth for the business and within the business. An employee wants a workplace that allows for career growth as well as a learning experience within the field while an employer wants workers who are dedicated and skilled in order to further the business’ progress.
In order for there to be a harmonious and productive work relationship between every party, the workplace needs to be an environment that promotes that mutual growth. If there were workplace accidents aplenty, it would affect morale significantly. After all, nobody wants to work in a place that puts them in unnecessary danger that they didn’t sign up for – it is then necessary for all parties to be transparent with one another.
How any of this is related to preventing workplace accidents, you may be asking?
Why, that is because preventing workplace accidents starts at the very root of the employee-employer relationship: the pre-employment process itself. According to the website of WorkSTEPS, pre-employment testing allows for employers to know if their employees are fit and appropriate for the task at hand. You wouldn’t give, for example, a profession that requires a steady hand to someone with early onset Parkinson’s disease, right?
The principle of pre-employment is so that the employer knows that their potential employee can do their tasks well as well as provide the employee sufficient grounds to establish that they are fit for the task and that they would not be held accountable for the damage that accidents due to negligence might inflict upon them.
Pre-employment allows for both parties to be accountable to each other from the get go and it is from that mutual accountability that trustworthiness between each other can be formed.