The best way to resolve a work-related injury is to prevent it from happening in the first place.
- Follow proper safety precautions and maintenance of equipment. Making sure that equipment is working properly and that messes are cleaned up quickly and efficiently is an excellent way to cut down on injuries at work.
- Dress Appropriately. People who work outdoors should dress appropriately for the weather, construction workers need to have adequate protection equipment like steel-toed boots and hard-hats.
- Maintain a clean work area. The most productive work areas are clean, neat, and organized. Not only will you remove many hazards from a work area by keeping it clean, but you will also create a more productive work environment.
- Avoid unnecessary hazards. Hazardous situations may occur in seemingly safe places. Untidy hallways can cause injuries and tripping hazards. Ensure that pencils and scissors are stored with the pointed side down to avoid poking and cutting. Instead of grasping documents on the side, grasp at their corners to avoid paper cuts.
- Always lift properly. Test the weight of the object by pushing it with your feet or hands. By having an idea of how heavy something is, you are able to prepare yourself for the lift. Position your feet so that they are shoulder-width apart, bend at the knees and squat until you are level with the object, then use your leg muscles to lift yourself up. If your job requires you to lift heavy objects, ask for assistance.
No matter how careful you are at work, accidents are bound to occur. If you are injured on the job, an experienced workers’ comp attorney can help you through every step of your case.