When you arrive at work in the morning each day do you think about safety? Do you think about how you can prevent an injury? Do you worry that something at work can injure you? There aren’t many people who think about these things when they go to work each day. Those that do typically work in jobs that are inherently dangerous, such as emergency services, construction, and mining, among others. So, what can you do to prevent a workplace injury? Our Los Angeles workers compensation lawyer aims to answer this question for you with some important safety tips.
A large number of employers throughout California and the rest of the country provide their employees with safety and other forms of training. It goes without saying that you need to attend this training if it is mandatory. Even if the training offered is optional you should still attend the training in an effort to improve your chances of staying healthy and safe on the job.
Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is vital to your safety on the job. If your employer issues you PPE, or requires you to wear PPE in certain areas, make sure you do so. PPE can include non-slip boots, a hard hat, goggles, gloves, a full-body suit, fall prevention gear, ear plugs, a face mask and plenty of other equipment.
You need to monitor the weather when your job has you outdoors. Make sure you dress appropriately for the season (warm clothes in the winter and loose clothes in the summer). You should apply sunscreen even during the winter months as the sun can still cause damage to your skin. Always speak with your physician prior to accepting a job that requires you to work outdoors so you know your health will handle it.
Always be on the lookout for hazards when on the job. It doesn’t matter if you are working indoors or outdoors, hazards lurk around every corner. If you see a hazard make sure you alert your supervisor so it can be fixed as soon as possible. Alert your coworkers too so they don’t wind up getting injured before the issue can be fixed.
If tools are involved in your daily work activities make sure you only use them if you are trained to do so. Power tools are dangerous and can get away from you if there is a lack of experience with them. The same can be said about heavy machinery. Do not operate heavy machinery unless you are experienced, trained, and qualified to do so.
Know your limits when it comes to physical labor and don’t feel ashamed to give into them and take a break. Employers are required to give their employees breaks throughout the day. Take advantage of these breaks and take a rest so you don’t find yourself in an injured state.
Have you suffered an injury on the job? Contact our Los Angeles workers compensation attorney to discuss your injuries and what you can do to receive compensation. Schedule a consultation today by calling 818-609-7005.