Workplace accidents can occur without warning. Whether they are the fault of your employer or a distracted co-worker, nothing can be worse than sustaining an injury because a responsible party didn’t take the necessary safety precautions to secure the job site. Safety is everyone’s duty and keeping these common causes of workplace accidents in mind can help you avoid being a victim to injury when on the job.
These days, workers are under tremendous pressure by their employer to get the work done in a hurry. Cutting safety corners has become the norm because it increases the company’s profit. But, the company’s gain, comes at the expense of worker safety. Taking safety shortcuts is a recipe for disaster because doing so creates a hazardous situation where someone inevitably gets hurt. Slow down and take the time to check that your work area is safe before you start working and also at the end of the day. Also, make sure that the safety rules and protocols are being followed by all workers, at all times on the job site.
If your job site is very unorganized, you need to be aware that an accident is right around the corner if you are not careful. Mark areas that are prone to someone getting hurt as off-limits until it is safe for people to enter. Don’t leave tools and equipment scattered about the work area. Keep yourself organized, as well as your crew. This can help prevent a workplace accident in as little as a few minutes a day.
Family obligations, disagreements, and financial issues can make your mind swirl as you think about the solutions to these problems. This can also cause you to be distracted on the job, making you less aware of a potentially hazardous situation before it occurs.
When you start any job, it is imperative to get all the necessary information and directions you need to complete it safely. If you are uncertain of how to proceed, ask beforehand. You need to keep the lines of communication open with you and your boss to ensure everyone is safe on the job.
If you are a victim of a workplace accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled compensation under the law. Contact Matzus Law LLC to get the advice you need about your legal rights from attorneys that are experienced and knowledgeable in workplace accident cases.