At Pothitakis Law Firm, our practice is focused on representing individuals who have suffered workplace injuries and occupational illnesses. When it comes to injuries suffered on the job, we’ve seen it all. Here are some tips for helping yourself avoid dangers in the workplace:
1. Understand the hazards of your profession. If you don’t know the risks of your job, you won’t be able to avoid them. Before starting a new position, take the time to learn about the hazards you are likely to face and how you can steer clear of workplace injuries.
2. Make sure you have proper training. Your employer should provide proper training to allow you to do your job safely. Depending on your field, this may include training on how to use certain tools or equipment, or on what to do if you come into contact with biohazards or other dangerous substances.
3. Wear appropriate safety equipment. Always wear appropriate safety equipment. This may include back supports, reinforced shoes, helmets, gloves, eye protection, face shields, and high-visibility clothing.
4. Dress appropriately for your job. In addition to wearing safety equipment, you should also dress appropriately for your job. For example, if you work with heavy machinery, don’t wear loose-fitting clothing that could get caught in moving parts.
5. Know the steps to take in the event of an illness or injury. It is always a good idea to be prepared in case something goes wrong. Make sure you know the quickest way to seek medical attention, and who you should talk to if you suffer a workplace injury.
6. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. When your health and safety are on the line, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your supervisor should appreciate that you care about workplace safety.
7. Eat right, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest. Fatigue and lack of proper nutrition can greatly impact your performance at work. To ensure that you stay on your toes, get a good night’s sleep and eat a balanced meal before you set off to work.
8. Get treatment for non-work-related medical conditions. Non-work-related injuries and illnesses can impact your work performance as well. Workers’ compensation does not provide coverage for these types of conditions. If you get hurt or sick, you should see a doctor and follow his or her advice on getting rest or avoiding physical activity.
9. Avoid horseplay and reckless behavior. Horseplay and carelessness often lead to workplace accidents. When on the job, staying safe should always remain your top priority.
10. Avoid distractions behind the wheel. Finally, if driving is part of your job, be sure to avoid distractions behind the wheel. Texting, posting on social media, and talking on the phone are all dangerous distractions that can lead to serious collisions.