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Workplace accidents cause physical harm, pain, and suffering to workers. They cost workers their livelihood and can directly affect workplace morale. By taking the right precautions, workers can avoid debilitating injuries.
Safety gear can reduce the risk of workplace accidents; however, the employer must also provide training along with the gear to ensure its proper use on worksites. Equipment and tools should have safety guards that are installed and in working order. Examples of personal protective equipment include hard hats and steel toe boots and gloves to protect from burn injuries, scrapes, and chemical exposure. Safety goggles protect the face and eyes from flying particles, dust, and debris. Ear muffs or earplugs can help prevent occupational hearing loss, also.
In extreme heat, workers can suffer from heat stress injuries like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke, which can be fatal. In hot weather conditions, workers should take breaks regularly in shaded or air-conditioned areas and drink small amounts of water frequently. They should also be educated on recognizing the symptoms of heat-related illnesses. In extreme cold, workers are susceptible to frostbite and should dress in layers and protect their hands, feet, head, and face from exposure. Any wet items of clothing should be replaced immediately with dry ones and employers should provide on-site heating devices where possible.
Many accidents can be prevented simply by better housekeeping. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides guidelines for good housekeeping in the industry. Slip and falls are often due to debris and spills left behind on a worksite and can create fire hazards. Employers who have high standards of housekeeping are vigilant about their surroundings and will have a clean workplace, free of hazards. Workers can contribute to workplace safety by reporting any problems or hazards promptly so that they can be eliminated.
Millions of U.S. workers are full time motor vehicle operators, and many more use company or personal vehicles for sales and deliveries to meet with clients, along with many other tasks. OSHA reports that workplace driving accidents cost an average of $60 billion every year. Safety for these workers can be improved by maintaining company vehicles properly and checking the brakes, lights, and signals before use. Workers should also use safety belts, not use cell phones while driving, and reduce their speed.
If you have been injured in a work-related accident, call the experienced Milford Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow for help filing a claim. Let the Rhoades & Morrow team put their experience to work for you so that you can focus on your recovery. Contact us online or call 302-422-6705 to schedule a consultation at our Milford, Delaware office. We represent clients both upstate and downstate.