The keys to staying safe at work

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2022 | Workers Compensation |

Employers in Illinois and throughout the country are generally required to take steps to keep workers safe. However, you still have a role to play when it comes to avoiding an injury while on the job. Here are some easy steps that you are encouraged to take to avoid head, back or other types of serious damage to your body.

Wear protective gear when working in potentially hazardous conditions

If you are working in an area where objects may fall from heights, you should wear a hard hat. If you are working at heights, it’s generally a good idea to wear a harness and shoes that won’t cause you to slip. While working with knives, you should wear gloves that are resistant to cuts or scratches. Wearing these items may either eliminate your risk of getting hurt or reduce your chances of suffering a serious injury.

Know where the emergency exits are

In the event of a fire, flood or other emergency situation, it’s important to know where the exits are. This may prevent you from inhaling smoke, interacting with contaminated water or being exposed to other dangerous conditions for longer than necessary. Of course, if you are injured despite your best efforts to protect yourself, it may be possible to file for workers’ compensation benefits.

Ask to see your employer’s safety plan

Ideally, your employer will have a safety plan that includes protocols for how to handle most hazardous conditions that you might face. It’s generally in your best interest to review and understand this plan. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to raise them. It’s important to note that you may refuse to complete a task if you have a good faith belief that doing so would put your life at risk.

If you are hurt at work, you could be entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost wages. Generally speaking, it’s in your best interest to file a claim within 24 hours of a workplace accident.