Are you aware of all the hazardous conditions that exist in your workplace? No matter what field you’re in, there are a number of risks you need to be aware of to stay safe. If you’re not careful, one false move could put you out of work or even worse, in the hospital. So any time you move an object, use a tool, stock a shelf, or move around the workplace, you need to take the appropriate care and follow the safety procedures that are in place.
If you’re not sure what to look out for, here we’ll show you the most common workplace injuries and how you can protect yourself from hazards.
Slip and Falls
Damaged carpets, misplaced boxes, and slippery flooring can cause you to lose your footing if you’re not cautious. Fortunately, you can prevent a trip to the hospital by clearing any obstacles that could get in your way and immediately reporting anything that needs attention.
Falling from Heights
Those who commonly work in construction, roof repair, and window installation are constantly at risk of falling. If you’re wearing faulty equipment or lose your footing, you could experience a serious injury or even death. Fortunately, these accidents can be avoided with the proper use of protective gear, adequate employee training, and due diligence.
Every year, thousands of people throw their backs out at work when picking up something that’s too heavy. Overexerting your body can lead to sprains, muscle tears, and severe back and spinal injuries, so it’s important to avoid taking on anything you can’t handle. If you do need to lift something heavy, make sure you wear a back brace or other protective gear to help safeguard you against strain and injury.
Falling Object Injuries
Injuries from falling objects can be severe if you don’t have closed toe shoes and a hard hat. Head injuries are common and deadly, so it’s important always to dress appropriately and wear the right equipment for the task at hand. If your employer provides safety equipment, make sure you use it at all times (even when your boss is not around!).
Machine Related Accidents
Factories, building sites, oil fields, and industrial areas, commonly use heavy equipment and machinery for their day-to-day operations. If you operate one of these machines, remember never to cut corners and avoid taking any unnecessary risks that cause injury to others. For those who commonly work or walk through areas where heavy equipment operates, always stay alert and wear the appropriate protective gear to avoid being stuck or having hair and clothing get entangled inside the equipment.
Protective equipment and diligence can only go so far. If you work in a high-risk industry or are not covered under your company’s insurance plan, you need coverage to help you mitigate your risks of a workplace injury. Having a policy can ensure you get the benefits and coverage you need in the case of an accident. When you’re ready to find out about workplace personal injury coverage, contact us at Rowat Insurance today.