Workplace Safety Tips Every Employee Should Follow
While some industries are inherently more dangerous than others, workplace injuries and deaths can occur at any job. This is why it is essential that all workers follow general safety guidelines while on the job. The following list of workplace safety tips can benefit employees of any industry.
General Safety Tips for All Workers
- Always follow correct procedures when completing a task. Taking shortcuts or ignore safety protocols can drastically increase your risk of injury.
- Clean up messes, even if you didn’t make the mess to begin with. Whether this means picking up a tipped over tool box at a construction site or cleaning a spill in the office break room, be proactive in maintain a safe workspace.
- Keep your work station clean and organized. A cluttered workspace can be dangerous.
- Be alert and awake. This is especially true if you are working with machinery or operating a vehicle as part of your job.
- Be attentive to your surroundings. When we are not paying attention, avoidable accidents can occur.
- Read and obey safety signs, stickers, and tags. Whether it be on a tool, a piece of machinery, or the office coffee pot, warnings are there for a reason.
- Take short breaks. Throughout the day, take moments to sit, stand, stretch, or walk to reduce the risk of muscle strains and repetitive motion injuries.
- Report any and all injuries immediately. If are injured on the job, report your injury to a supervisor immediately. If the injury is serious, seek emergency assistance.
Working as a Team
- Educate others. Others can benefit from your experience. If you see someone behaving in a manner that is unsafe, address the action and advice them on the proper way to complete the task.
- If you see something, say something. If you observe a hazard, make sure your team members are aware of it and report the hazard to a supervisor.
- Be conscious of those around you. When working as part of a team, be sure you are aware of the work that is happening around you. Do your best to ensure you don’t pose a hazard to your coworkers and that they do not pose a hazard to you.
- Communication is key in a work environment. Make sure others are aware of where you are and the actions you are taking if either may pose a hazard.
Hurt in a Workplace Accident?
There are certain steps you can take to help preserve your rights as a victim of a workplace accident. By following these guidelines, you can put yourself in a better position to achieve the compensation you deserve for your injuries. If you suffered a work injury, follow these steps:
- Seek immediate medical attention for your injuries.
- Report the injury to your supervisor as soon as possible.
- Be sure your employer makes a written report of the accident.
- Collect names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
- Take photos of the accident area, including of any tools or equipment involved in the accident.
- Write a detailed account of how the accident took place.
- Contact an experienced work accident lawyer to discuss your rights as an injured worker.
Contact an Experienced Workplace Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured on the job, contact Thomas J. Henry. Workplace accident victims deserve quality, dynamic representation from attorneys with the experience and legal resources to properly develop their case. Oftentimes, workplace injuries are severe and debilitating and put individuals out of work for an extended period of time.
Our work accident lawyers will take immediate action on your case and make sure you are comfortable and informed throughout the entire legal process. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.