Are you surprised to learn that California has the second-highest number of deadly workplace injuries of all states in the U.S.? Thousands of people are injured or killed in workplace accidents every year, and many of them could have been avoided. Keep reading to learn how many accidents can be prevented, but remember to call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you have been injured in or lost a loved one to a workplace accident.
Know the Potential Risks of Your Job
First and foremost, it is important to know what the risks are. After all, an office job has very different risks than does a construction job. A person working on an assembly line could cut themselves, suffer a dismemberment, or burn themselves, while a computer programmer might develop carpal tunnel. Whatever field you work in, take the time to understand what the dangers are so that you can learn how to avoid them.
Know the Potential Risks of Any Job
While your job will have specific risks associated with it, there are three categories of work-related accidents that occur most commonly in almost all professions. They include slips, trips, and falls, overexertion, and being injured by objects or equipment. Other risks at any job include fire, violence, or electrocution.
Wear the Necessary Personal Protective Equipment
Living in the days of COVID, most people know that personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn by people in the medical field. However, there are other types of PPE appropriate for other jobs. If your job is one of those, then make sure you wear your PPE at all times. Choosing not to do so not only puts you at risk of serious injury, but it can result in the inability to be compensated if you do suffer an injury on the job.
Tell Management if You See Something Unsafe
It might be true that people don’t like a “tattletale,” but your safety is more important than what others might think of you. If you see an unsafe condition in your workplace, you could not only be saving your own life by reporting it, but you could be keeping your co-workers safe too. If you do let management know, make sure you do so in writing. If the issue you notify them of is not taken care of and someone is injured, this evidence that you disclosed the issue can be important.
Everyone wants to be safe at work but not everyone is. If you are injured at work, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We can help you determine the right way forward.