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Eight tips for employees on staying safe

On Behalf of | Jul 24, 2020 | Workers' Compensation |

Employees in New Jersey, whatever industry they work in, can face a host of dangers, so they will want to take the following eight tips into account. First, they should be aware of their surroundings at all times and note the hazards posed by things like heavy machinery, conveyor belts or even torn carpeting and loose cables.

Second, workers should report unsafe conditions as soon as possible. If new safety procedures are in place, workers should ensure that they receive training on them. They will be responsible for implementing what they learn, so they must ask questions whenever they don’t understand something.

Fourth, it’s essential that employees take those breaks that are offered to them. This helps against fatigue and inattention. When working, they must try to keep a correct posture. Those behind a desk most of the time can injure their neck or develop carpal tunnel syndrome if they fail in this, and others may hurt their back when doing heavy lifting.

Emergency exits should be free of clutter; one would be surprised to hear how often these are blocked by trolley carts and ladders. Workers must wear whatever personal protective equipment is appropriate for the job. Lastly, they should avoid shortcuts. Rather than manually lift something, for instance, they could use a forklift or wheelbarrow.

Even with the most up-to-date safety program in place, employers may still have to face a workers’ compensation claim every now and then. They do have the ability to deny claims, though, if it seems clear that victims injured themselves through their own negligence or recklessness or were injured in a context outside of their job. Victims, for their part, may want to discuss their case with a lawyer. The lawyer may help with filing the claim and any appeals.



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