Although employers in California and elsewhere are required to mitigate workplace hazards, you as a worker also have a role when it comes to avoiding workplace injuries. For instance, you can learn how to identify hazards and take steps to ensure that they are eliminated before you perform a task. Take a look at some other ways that you can minimize your risk of getting hurt while at work.
Learn your company’s safety plan
Ideally, your company will have protocols in place to identify and eliminate as many dangerous conditions as possible. For instance, you may be required to lift heavy objects with the help of a partner. Your company should also have a plan in place in the event of a workplace emergency. It is critical that you learn and understand these protocols so that you know what to do in the event of a chemical spill or an active shooter.
Wear proper clothing
Your employer may require you to wear a vest, closed shoes or a hard hat while on a job site. These items are designed to either make you more visible to others or to keep you safe while walking on a slippery floor or through an area where you may encounter falling objects. If you are using a machine, it is a good idea to ensure that your hair tied back and that you aren’t wearing loose clothing.
Stay focused on your task
Research has shown that people aren’t capable of fully focusing on more than one thing at a time. Therefore, it may be a good idea to avoid taking a phone call, listening to music or doing anything that may take your focus off of operating a heavy machine or walking a factory floor.
If you are hurt at work, it may be possible to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. An attorney may be able to help you prove that you were in compliance with workplace safety policies when your injury occurred. Benefits may cover a portion of your lost wages as well as the cost of medical bills incurred.