Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month. The goal is to help educate and influence safer behaviors for some of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States, particularly in the workplace.
Whether you work in construction or sit at a desk all day, there are things you can do to improve your safety and the safety of those with whom you work.
Five Ways to Avoid Injury at Work
According to the NSC, nearly 11 workers die on the job each day in the United States. You can do your part to reduce these numbers by using these workplace safety tips:
1. Avoid Distractions on the Job – Distractions are as deadly at work as they are while operating a car. Whether you are using machinery or walking down a flight of stairs, be alert and attentive to what is going on around you and what you are doing. Even if your employer allows the use of cell phones while working, do not use them while operating heavy machinery or driving the company car.
2. Stay Cool – If your job requires you to be outside for extended periods, protect yourself from heatstroke. Stay hydrated, take breaks from direct sun exposure frequently, and wear lightweight, breathable fibers.
3. Follow Safety Rules and Procedures – Your company has a procedure manual and safety rules already in place, but do you follow them? Re-familiarize yourself with the company rules and make sure you use those safety precautions you were taught when you were first hired. For example, if you work in a laboratory, wear your personal protective equipment at all times.
4. Use Mechanical Aids – Instead of attempting to lift or carry heavy objects, use a conveyor belt, wheelbarrow, or other mechanical aid to help you move it. If something is too heavy, let a supervisor know you need assistance, but never attempt to move something that is heavy enough to cause injury.
5. Training – Pay attention to the training you receive. If you are unsure how to do something safely, ask a supervisor. If you are new on the job, request a supervisor shadow you for the first few days to ensure you are following proper safety protocols. Keep an eye out for new employees and offer assistance when they need it. If you ever notice employees doing something against protocol, show them the right way to do it. For supervisors, implement training refresher courses to ensure all employees remember how to stay safe on the job.
Injured at Work? Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney at Petro Cohen
If you were injured at work or while doing something for work, you may qualify for workers’ compensation insurance benefits. The law limits how long you have to file your claim, so contact an attorney at Petro Cohen, P.C. today for a consultation. Schedule your appointment by calling 888-675-7607 or filling out an online contact form.