No matter what kind of job you have, a workplace injury can happen at any time. Fortunately, simple steps will go a long way in keeping you and your coworkers safe. These tips can help you avoid getting hurt while on the job.
How to Avoid Workplace Injuries
1. Stay Alert
Momentary distractions often lead to accidental on-the-job injuries. Coming to work well-rested and staying alert while doing your job reduces the risk of injuring yourself, other employees, and customers or clients. Take your scheduled snack and meal breaks and stretching micro-breaks when possible to help you focus on the task at hand when you return to it. Even a few minutes away from work gives your mind and body the chance to rest and refresh.
2. Wear & Use Protective Gear
If your job exposes you to potential physical harm, such as hearing loss due to loud noise or burns from an oven or flying sparks, use the appropriate clothing and gear for protection. Earplugs, fireproof gloves, steel-toed boots, goggles, and shields are among the safety gear that saves workers from workplace injuries in high-risk jobs.
3. Learn the Safety Rules
Familiarize yourself with all the workplace safety rules and follow them at all times. When your employer posts temporary warnings, such as notices of slippery conditions or a fire hazard, pay attention to them and alert coworkers who may not be aware. If warnings are posted that you don't understand or aren't easy to read, consult your manager or employer.
If you sustain a workplace injury, notify your employer, seek medical attention, and contact Allen, Nelson & Wilson in Columbia and Springfield, MO. These attorneys offer more than 60 years of combined legal experience, making them well-qualified to represent you in pursuing an on-the-job injury claim successfully. To schedule a free consultation at their Columbia location, call (573) 441-2667. For the Springfield office, call (888) 549-2667. To learn more about their services, visit their website.