Who has the most dangerous job in America? According to a list compiled by Business Insider, it may be a construction worker, a coal miner or even a roofer. But did you know you’re at risk for workplace injuries no matter where your job is?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor reported that approximately 3.5 out of every 100 full-time workers in the United States suffered a nonfatal illness or injury on the job in 2010. More than half of these workers required days off of work, a job transfer or restrictions on what the employee was able to do. Follow these safety tips to make sure you’re protected when you’re on the clock:
Use handrails on the stairs to avoid falls.
It may seem like common sense, but falls are the largest cause of traumatic brain injuries, accounting for more than 32.5 percent of the TBIs suffered in 2010. Falling is also a leading cause of spinal injuries, so watch where you step at all times.
If you’re carrying something, take the elevator.
While you may want to burn those extra calories, carrying large or heavy items up or down the stairs puts you at a much greater risk for tripping, slipping or dropping whatever you’re carrying on your foot.
Avoid reading while walking if possible.
This is one of the easiest ways to get injured and one of the most preventable. Will you really save extra time glancing over that memo on your way to the conference room? You’re much better off just getting where you need to go and giving the memo your full attention once you’re seated and safe.
If you see a potential safety hazard, report it immediately.
Don’t assume that one of your co-workers has already alerted maintenance about that loose step or sagging ceiling tile. Do it yourself and help keep your workplace as safe as possible.
Of course, despite your best efforts, it’s impossible to avoid workplace injuries completely. If you are injured on the job in the Colorado Springs area, call workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyer Gordon Heuser. “Because [workers’ compensation laws] limit the benefits you can get, you want to make sure that you have a lawyer help you get maximum benefits you’re entitled to,” Heuser said.
Heuser works with his brother and partner, attorney Barkley Heuser, and together they have 60 years of experience handling workers’ compensation cases, so if you’re unsure how to navigate the legal system, call 719-520-9909 or Ask Gordon Now!