Why are safety goals important in a business?

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Safety goals are important because a firm does not want its employees to get hurt.  This is true for at least two reasons.

First, employees who get hurt reduce the morale of the other workers.  When workers see their colleagues getting hurt on the job, they start to worry.  They also start to feel as if they are not really valued because their workplace is not safe.  This makes them less motivated to work.

Second, workplace accidents cost money.  People who are hurt in the accidents must be paid while they are not working.  If the accident halts production for any serious amount of time productivity drops and profits take a hit.  If the accidents are serious enough, the firm might be sued for failing to provide a safe workplace.  

In these ways, safety goals are important as a way to keep the business as profitable as possible.

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