5 Tips for Safety While on the Job
Whether you’re lifting boxes in a warehouse, moving heavy displays around the sales floor, or building a highrise, job safety is a critical concern for both employers and employees. There were almost 3 million reports by private employers of workplace injuries and illnesses. While safety standards and practices vary by industry, here are 5 tips that can be applied to all kinds of jobs.
Know the Safety Procedures & Follow Them
Because employers are required by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) to provide a safe working environment, companies will have a set standard of safety practices that each employee must learn. Pay attention to the safety procedures your employer has and make sure to follow them. The procedures have been put in place to ensure your safety as an employee, so it’s critical to follow them.
Don’t Cut Corners
You may be tempted to use a machine without wearing safety gear when it’s not readily available. It may be tempting to try and lift a heavy box on your own instead of having to wait for a coworker to help you. However, while you may be confident that you won’t be injured by disregarding the safety rules, there is always a potential for you to be injured. Never compromise your safety to reduce the amount of time you have to spend on a task.
Lift with Your Legs
Many jobs, including those in offices, require employees to lift a heavy item once in awhile (like a box of files). When you do, keep the item close to your body and lift with your legs and keep your back straight. If you try to lift the item using your back, you could easily hurt yourself. When moving something heavy to a different area, never keep your feet in the same place; twisting in place can seriously damage your back. In order to move an item in a different direction, move with your feet.
Know Your Surroundings
If you see a box teetering on the edge of a shelf or see a safety harness that is beginning to fray, don’t ignore them. Put the box in a safe position on the shelf and inform your employer of any hazards you see in equipment and in the workplace. It’s also important for employees to know where first aid kits are located and to know the procedures to follow in an emergency. Employers are responsible for a safe working environment and employees can be a valuable source of information about potential safety hazards.
Report Workplace Dangers
If you’ve gone to your employer to report a safety hazard but nothing has been done to solve the problem, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 gives employees the right to file a complaint and the right to request an inspection by OSHA. The administration will keep your identity anonymous and provides multiple ways to file a complaint.
Putting safety procedures into practice and ensuring the workplace is safe will help protect you, your coworkers, and your employer. If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, contact Colley & Colley law firm in Tyler, Texas for a free consultation.