How to Reduce Your Chances of Injury at Work
When you arrive for work, you don’t expect to get hurt that day. No one does. Employers constantly try to make work environments safer, but sometimes accidents happen. Here are five things you can do to reduce your chances of injury at work.
- Inspect the area.
Before you begin your job, take a look around. Do a quick visual survey of the area where you’ll be working. In particular, look for anything that might cause you to slip, trip, or injure yourself in another way. If you see anything that might be potentially dangerous, be sure to let your supervisor know before (not after) you begin working.
- Make sure you’re properly trained.
Never try to perform dangerous tasks that you haven’t been properly trained to execute. If your employer asks you to do something that you haven’t been trained to do, make them aware that you haven’t received training and that you believe this could be unsafe. Sometimes, bosses forget exactly what you have and haven’t been trained in, so it’s a good idea to be an advocate for your safety and make your boss aware.
- Use the supplied safety gear.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) constantly reviews policy and procedures to ensure workplaces are safe in the US. They update requirements for both employees and employers to try to minimize workplace accidents. Here’s a link to the OSHA laws and regulations by trade.
You should always use the OSHA-approved safety gear for your trade. If you are gathering materials to start a job and discover that you’re missing a piece of safety equipment, notify your boss immediately. Do not start working without that item. Not using appropriate safety equipment could result in injury for you and a huge OSHA fine for your employer.
- Complete difficult jobs with at least one other co-worker.
When you are assigned difficult jobs, always make sure you have another qualified co-worker with you. This way if the task gets more complicated or dangerous, you have another set of hands to help you out and another set of eyes to ensure your safety. Also, if the worst happens and you do get injured, you’ll have someone ready to get help immediately.
- Stay healthy.
This may sound odd, but one of the best ways that you can avoid injury at work is by staying healthy and physically fit. As you age, it’s often not lifting the heavy box that throws your back out; it’s something simple like tying your shoelaces or sneezing. The best way to avoid these injuries is to exercise your entire body regularly, even if you have a very physically demanding job. Make sure to include stretching in your regular routine.
If You Have Been Injured at Work
If you have been injured while working in Nebraska, Inkelaar Law is here to help. Let us know what happened and we will work hard to help you get the justice you deserve. Give us a call today at 1-877-537-4665 or contact us through the web.