No one goes to work expecting to be injured, but hundreds of Americans are injured at work each month. From unsafe work environments to environmental hazards and even employee errors, sometimes workplace injuries are unavoidable. While you cannot control everyone else around you, there are steps you can take to avoid an on-the-job injury.
If you are injured, do not hesitate to report that injury to your supervisor because the law limits how long you have to file your workers’ compensation claim. Afterwards, consult a workers’ compensation attorney to ensure you get the benefits you are entitled to.
In general, workplace injuries and illnesses happen because of unsafe work practices or hazardous conditions. Regardless of the industry you work in or the type of job you have, there are things you can do to stay safe, including:
● Know the Risks - You should always be aware of the risks for injury at your job. Whether it is from training by your employer or continuing education, being aware of the dangers present on the job is key to avoiding injury. If you are unsure how to perform certain aspects of your job, do not be afraid to let your employer know so you can receive proper training.
● Wear the Right Equipment - Depending on your job, you may be provided with equipment designed to help keep you safe while at work - whether it is a hard helmet or an ergonomic keyboard. Use the equipment you are provided, and if you are not given the proper safety equipment, let a supervisor know that you need it.
● Get Plenty of Rest Each Night - Fatigue is a common culprit in workplace injuries. You can avoid injuries to yourself or others by getting adequate sleep every night. Being too tired adds risk to yourself and employees, especially if your job requires concentration and quick response times.
● Do Not Overexert Yourself - Doing too much can lead to injuries. Whether it is pushing or even lifting beyond your limits, do not overexert yourself. The National Safety Council states that lifting heavy objects is one of the leading causes of workplace injuries. Improper lifting and carrying objects too heavy can lead to muscle strain, back issues, and even nerve damage, which could affect you for the rest of your life.
● Be Cautious About Repetitive Motions - Repetitive motions, such as typing on a keyboard, can cause strain. Make sure to take necessary breaks, stretch, and ensure you use proper posture if sitting at a desk all day. One of the most common repetitive stress injuries is carpal tunnel syndrome, which can happen from excessive keyboard work or even assembly line work.
If you have been injured at work, contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at Pothitakis Law Firm today. We offer free consultations to discuss your work-related injury. Call us at 866-753-4692 or fill out an online contact form to ask us your questions.