Businesses Must Do More to Avoid Wrongful Death

Oct 04

It may seem an obvious point, but businesses should do everything in their power to avoid wrongful deaths. It is obvious, but then, most wrongful deaths aren’t the result of conscious decisions that lead to those deaths; they’re the result of laziness, cost-cutting, or simple carelessness.

Before going any further, we need to discuss what “wrongful death” means. This is a legal term that refers to the death of an individual that just shouldn’t have happened. When someone dies in a car crash, for instance, it’s a wrongful death. It just shouldn’t have happened. When someone slips on a spill that no one bothered to clean up and dies, that’s a wrongful death, too.

As you can probably see now, wrongful deaths can come from all sorts of small mistakes businesses make. It’s easy to put off cleaning up that spill in a restaurant or grocery store, but you are putting people at risk when you do that. Likewise, it saves money to push a driver to make a delivery faster, but you are once again raising the level of risk for everyone.

Wrongful death is a major problem in every industry. According to the McCutchen & Sexton Law Firm, it spans medical mistakes, issues with the building a business is in (such as unsafe walkways), and even oilfields. Another major area of concern is defective products. These can include the toys your children play with, the drugs you take to get better, and the parts you install in your car before getting on the road.

No matter what industry you represent, no matter the specifics of your business, there’s more you can do to help avoid wrongful death.

What can you do? The short answer is to stop cutting costs where it matters. Don’t rush deliveries or demand freight be delivered at unreasonable speeds. Don’t force workers to work longer hours than they should because they may start making mistakes. Don’t cut out workers that were checking product quality. Always deal with problems right away, even when they’re costly. It may be a pain to find the money to cover a small electrical issue, but avoiding the repair puts everyone in danger.

Additionally, you can put more time into thinking about just what can go wrong in your business, and then make changes to accommodate the worst case scenario. It may seem cool to hang some heavy object on the wall to make an impression on your customers, but make sure it is firmly installed and cannot fall down. Would your floors be safer if you installed carpet or put down rugs? Put in that extra effort instead of leaving open the possibility of a serious slip. Are the stairs uneven leading up to your office? Pay for them to get fixed, even if no one is complaining.

These extra steps will go a long way to keeping us all safe. It’s easy to only focus on the burden you have as a business owner, but remember that you’re also a customer at dozens of other businesses. And don’t you want them putting that extra effort in for you as well?

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