Whether you work in a factory or industrial setting or in an office, you face risks for workplace accidents. Of course, the types of injuries you face may be different. In a white-collar position your largest risks may come from slip and fall accidents or repetitive stress injury. If you work in a manufacturing setting around heavy equipment, your largest risk may be crushing injuries, strains, or amputations.
Regardless of the risks you face, all workers can take a few steps to keep themselves safer on the job:
- Know the risks of your specific position: If you are lifting heavy objects, you may suffer strain injuries. If you work with chemicals, burns and exposure can be a concern. Look up OSHA statistics about your industry to understand what the risks are so you understand where you need to be most careful.
- Take breaks: Overwork and fatigue can impact your ability to be safe at work. Taking breaks to use the washroom, get a drink, and refocus is important for ensuring stress and fatigue do not take a toll on your ability to stay safe.
- Take care of your health: Get adequate sleep and physical exercise to ensure you are strong and healthy. If you notice any new symptoms, get them checked out by a doctor so they do not worsen and impact your ability to work safely. If you are ill, do not come into work.
- Get updated training: As machinery and technology get updated, you also need to refresh your training and your understanding so you understand the new risks of your workplace—and how to mitigate them. Staying up-to-date as to your ability helps
- Always follow the right procedures and safety protocols: Never scrimp on safety. If you need protective gear, wear it each time you work. Get familiar with the safety protocols at your place of work and follow them scrupulously. Never take short-cuts when it comes to these rules.
- Report unsafe conditions: If you notice unsafe conditions, report them to your supervisor and follow-up to ensure they have been handled. If these conditions persist or your workplace does not address them, contact OSHA or look at their website to understand your rights.
- Stay alert: Being tired or distracted at work can lead to mistakes and slower response times, which can put you at risk in any job. At work, put away any distractions and focus on one task at a time. If you find you are often fatigued, change your schedule or speak to your physician about getting a better quality of sleep.
Have you been injured at work? Are you not getting the benefits you believe you are eligible for under workers’ compensation? Contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation with a Homestead workplace injury attorney.