Whether your job is in a warehouse, a hospital, or an office building, your employer is legally required to provide a safe work environment. However, policies and guidelines alone won’t guarantee a hazard-free workplace. As an employee, your safety is your own personal responsibility. It’s up to you, your co-workers, and management to adhere to safety standards and speak up when you identify opportunities for improvement. Here are seven things you can do to promote a safe workplace and avoid accidents on the job:
Be aware of your surroundings to avoid an accident
It’s easy to become focused on a task and block out your surroundings. However, it’s important to be attentive to those working around you. Once you know the particular risks of your workplace, you can learn to strike a balance between being productive and staying alert to potentially hazardous situations.
Report unsafe work conditions
Once you learn the risks associated with your particular jobsite, you’ll know when something looks unsafe. Keep the lines of communication open and report any hazardous conditions to your supervisor. This team mentality can protect you and those you work with from serious injury.
Reduce your stress level at work
American employees are working longer hours than ever before. Extra time spent managing a heavy workload can contribute to stress, burnout, depression, and even concentration problems. Reducing your stress and keeping your mind sharp are critical to avoiding accidents and keeping you and your co-workers safe.
Follow your office safety guidelines
Never take risks when it comes to your safety. Keep your workspace clean and organized and obey safety signs and stickers. Wear the proper equipment for a task, whether it’s earplugs, safety goggles, gloves, or a hardhat. Maintain clear pathways to emergency exits and easy access to equipment shutoffs.
Take regular breaks at work to remain alert
Under California law, employees are entitled to 30-minute meal breaks when they work more than five hours in a workday. 10-minute breaks are required for every four hours of work. Taking regular breaks will help you stay fresh and alert on the job, which can reduce the risk of a workplace accident.
Use caution when lifting heavy objects at work
If your job requires you to perform heavy lifting, take precautions to protect your back and joints. Always use both hands when lifting a cumbersome object, put the strain on your legs, and refrain from bending at the waist. Lift slowly and smoothly, and consider a back brace if you’re prone to injury.
Use tools and machinery properly
Only operate tools and machinery you’re authorized and trained to use. Keep your tools clean and organized to prevent someone from tripping or getting hit due to a misplaced object. Most importantly, obey operating instructions, never remove safety guards, and don’t leave machinery running unattended.
Have you been injured at work? Contact a workers’ compensation lawyer in San Diego
No matter how careful you are to practice workplace safety, accidents happen. When they do, it’s comforting to know that your medical care and lost wages will be paid for by workers’ compensation. At the Law Office of Gerald Brody & Associates, we fight hard on behalf of injured workers every day so they can get the benefits they need to recover. If you’ve been hurt on the job, give us a call. Your initial consultation is free, and there are no out-of-pocket costs for legal representation.
Contact us today at (619) 528-9800.