Staying safe in the workplace is of the utmost importance. It is all too easy for employees to be injured while on the job, especially in hazardous careers like construction where the most injuries are often reported. These tips can help people to stay safe and keep from being injured.
That being said, these tips are certainly not going to prevent all injuries, as a workplace accident can happen for reasons that are out of an employee’s control. If anyone in Connecticut has been hurt on the job, especially if that person was acting safely by following regulations and using these tips, the employee should know what legal rights he or she has to compensation.
First and foremost, workers always need to stay alert and be conscious of what is happening around them. Many injuries stem from people simply not being aware of their surroundings.
On top of that, regular breaks are strongly encouraged. Workers who go for too long without taking a break tend to be very tired, which can lead to accidents that never would have happened if they weren’t feeling so burned out. Employees should know what breaks they are legally allowed, and they should utilize them.
Furthermore, people should always be properly trained to use machinery, especially heavy machinery, and they should use what they have learned whenever they are on the job. There may be a desire to ignore training once employees have become familiar with different tools, but this is not wise.
Last but not least, employees need to report any unsafe conditions as soon as they notice them. This way, the conditions can be improved before they have to carry on with the job.
Source: Arbill, “Top 10 Workplace Safety Tips Every Employee Should Know” Julie Copeland, Sep. 12, 2014