In 2016, more than 14 people died every day on the job, according to the United States Department of Labor. You don’t have to be in the construction field to sustain a workplace injury, either. In fact, in 2016, only 1 out of 5 worker deaths were in construction. Here are 10 tips to stay safe in 2019 while you’re on the job.
Be aware of your surroundings
No matter what industry you work in, it’s essential to know the hazards and dangers of your job requirements and environment. Be cognizant of moving parts, working machines, and obstructed pathways. Knowing your workplace and being alert at your job can help avoid potential accidents.
Practice good posture
If you sit at a desk all day or stand in an uncomfortable position, you may be prone to bad posture. Keep your shoulders in line with your hips to avoid back problems and if you have to lift a heavy object, use the correct form. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overexertion when lifting is one of the most common workplace injuries.
Injuries can happen easily when you’re tired and not alert. Take advantage of the break time that your employer gives you and do something besides work. Let your body and mind relax for at least 30 minutes so that you can return to work more refreshed.
Get up and move
Dr. Levine, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, is credited the phrase, “sitting is the new smoking.” He states that sitting kills more people than HIV and is more dangerous than jumping out of a plane. Sitting has not only been linked to back pain and obesity, but also cardiovascular disease and cancer. Make it a goal to move around every 30 minutes while at work to eliminate the dangers of staying in one place.
Don’t take shortcuts
Use tools and machinery properly, follow protocol, and adhere to outlined safety measures. The rules and regulations are not only there for work quality and standards, but also for your protection.
Report unsafe conditions
If you see something, say something. Protect yourself and fellow co-workers but reporting dangers to your employer. Your supervisor should be informed of risks or hazards at the workplace so that future accidents can be avoided.
Stress is a common danger to employees, no matter what industry they work in. Stress can lead to depression, concentration problems, and serious health issues. Whether the stress is related to long hours, a heavy workload, job insecurity, or conflicts with other co-workers, finding a solution to your stress could save your life.
Wear the right equipment
Some jobs are more dangerous than others so it’s crucial to wear the appropriate clothing and accessories every day. Ensure that you wear essential items such as earplugs, earmuffs, a hard hat, safety goggles, gloves, or a face mask when appropriate. It’s better to be safe than to work unprotected and encounter an accident.
Participate in proper training
If you are required to operate tools, equipment or heavy machinery for work, ensure that you’ve received adequate training so that you are less likely to make dangerous mistakes. Ask your employer if you have questions and stay up-to-date with operating knowledge.
Clean up after yourself
This may seem like a no-brainer but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top cause of workplace injuries are slips, trips, and falls. Something as simple as a spill could leave you injured and in the hospital.
If you have sustained a workplace injury, reach out to your local attorney for advice on navigating your case.