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New survey: younger employees lack safety awareness

In a "Workplace Safety and Preparedness" survey from Rave Mobile Safety, 530 employees were asked about various matters like their awareness of safety procedures and their company's use of technology to alert them to emergencies. Employees in Louisiana may find that many of the issues raised in the survey are similar to those they face.

For example, many workplaces are burdened with outdated emergency plans. About 87 percent of respondents said that their companies had a fire drill policy in place, but only 57 percent said that their companies had drills for other threats, such as severe weather, incidents with hazardous materials and shootings.

The generation gap has also led to differing perceptions about workplace safety. A mere 8 percent of Millennial and Generation Z employees claimed they were "very likely" to report issues that they felt threatened themselves or a co-worker. In the same age range, 53 percent said that either their company has no emergency plan in place or they don't know about it. By contrast, only 34 percent of respondents aged 45 and older made similar claims.

Most companies use an intercom system to notify employees about incidents, yet respondents mostly agreed that text messaging provided the best means of notification. The survey suggests that mobility is key for businesses that wish to keep up with change.

When accidents occur on the job, the victims may file for workers compensation benefits and be reimbursed for lost wages; however, these benefits might not cover everything. Victims may wish to consult with a lawyer if they believe the accident was caused by the negligence of a co-worker or other third party. A lawyer might bring in investigators to build up the case and then help clients file a third-party lawsuit.

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