Work-related accidents have become a common occurrence across the United States. Around 3.8 million Americans experience work-related injuries each year according to government reports. The increase in this number has led safety institutions and authorities to take necessary measures required to avoid such incidents. Although workplace safety is the responsibility of the employer, as an employee, you also have control over your own well being in the workplace. Here are 7 tips to help you stay safe at work.
1. Identify risks– it is important to recognize the potential hazards associated with your job. Whether you work in a high-risk industry or not, identifying potential risks at work can help you avoid injury. Take all safety precautions associated with equipment or operations at your workplace.
2. Relax– Tired, worn out and over-worked employees have a greater chance of hurting themselves due to lack of rest and loss of concentration. Do not work for extended hours or during night shifts if you find yourself incapable of maintaining focal stability.
3. Protective gear– Never take protective equipment for granted. If instructions direct you to wear gloves, earplugs, earmuffs or safety glasses, wear it to reduce possible injury. Using this gear is not merely a suggestion; it is there to ensure you are not injured.
4. Communicate– If you feel there are unaddressed safety issues in your work environment, bring it to the attention of your manager or supervisor. This will ensure the issue is acknowledged before anyone suffers injuries. It is the legal duty of the company to address safety issues and to take immediate action.
5. Avoid short cuts– Although completing work related actions step by step is ideal, employees tend to take shortcuts when they are pressed for time. This can often save time and help you complete a task faster; however, it can also leave you vulnerable to serious injuries in the long run.
6. Take breaks– You are legally entitled to a certain number of breaks for a specified amount of time throughout the work day. Although you may feel like you will be unable to complete your work if you take breaks, they are crucial for workplace safety. Research has proven that employees who take frequent breaks preform more efficiently than those who don’t.
7. Legal rights– As an employee, you have the right to a safe work environment. If you have serious concerns about unaddressed safety issues in the workplace, it is suggested to contact an attorney for a consultation to see what recourse you may have.
If you have concerns about workplace safety, or have been injured at work, call Greenman, Goldberg, Raby & Martinez at (702) 388-4476 to schedule your free consultation today.