No matter where you work or what industry you work in, it will have its own set of unique risks and dangers that you need to be aware of and take steps to avoid.
Being injured while you are at work and having to take time off to recover and recuperate, often unpaid or on lower than normal pay is an incredibly worrying and stressful situation that no one ever wants to be in. It puts untold pressure on both you and your family, prevents you from doing the job that you love and of course, can be a long and painful period of physical and mental recovery.
Here, we have a guide to help you avoid getting into this situation in the first place, but also knowing what to do should you be unfortunate to suffer an injury from work. It contains three simple ways to protect you from workplace injuries so that you can do your job to the very best of your ability while staying safe and getting on your life.
Ensure that your employer understands the importance of health and safety
The most critical and most straightforward way of keeping safe in the workplace is to make sure that your bosses and the people in charge have a complete understanding of health and safety in the workplace. If, for example, you work on a construction site, your bosses should know all the risks that are associated with it and have a clear risk assessment in place. This should list all the potential hazards, which are usually quite obvious, and what steps will be put into place to avoid it. In an office environment, the risks may not be quite so apparent, but things like trips and falls, or even repetitive strain injury should be considered, as they can put you out of action for a considerable amount of time. Ask about the health and safety training that they have in place and make sure everyone is working from the same page to keep each other safe.
Taking steps to avoid injury
As an employee, you need to be responsible for yourself and be aware of what you can do as an individual to help prevent possible accidents and injury where you work. Some of the things you can do to avoid injury include:
Making sure that your work station is clean and tidy: This means that not only the surface of your desk is clear but that all the drawers close properly and all the cables for computers and other devices and safely kept out of reach to avoid people tripping over them.
Learning how to lift heavy objects correctly, by bending at the knees and holding the objects close to your body.
Getting the correct legal help
Sometimes, even the very best efforts aren’t enough. If you have been unlucky enough to be injured in a workplace accident that wasn’t your fault, you will need to know what steps to take next. A personal injury lawyer can talk it through with you and help you seek justice and compensation to help you get through the recovery process.