According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly three million non-fatal workplace accidents occurred during 2014. This is a national rate of 3.2 cases per 100 full-time workers. During 2014, California’s rate of workplace accidents totaled 3.7 cases per 100 full-time employees — just slightly above the national average. Workplace injuries and illnesses cost employees and employers thousands of dollars each year in income, benefits, profits, and productivity.
Employees and employers cannot control everything that occurs while on the job; however, both employees and employers can take steps to reduce the risk of workplace accidents.
Five Simple Ways to Prevent Workplace Accidents
- Wear Personal Protective Equipment —Employers should provide each employee with protective equipment required pursuant to the type of industry and job. Employers should train employees in the proper use of personal protective equipment and employees should wear these items each day. Examples of personal protective equipment that can reduce the risk of injury include eye protection, hard hats, ear protection, steel-toed boots, and gloves.
- Vehicle Safety Measures — If employees use company vehicles, employer should ensure that all vehicles are maintained in top working order. Employees should check the safety of the vehicle before driving and obey all traffic laws while driving. Employers should develop and implement a safe-driving policy for all company-owned vehicles.
- Working in Extreme Conditions — Some jobs may require employees to work in extreme conditions (i.e. hot or cold weather, snow, ice, rain, etc.). High and low temperatures can result in serious workplace illnesses and injuries. To prevent injury employees should wear the proper number of layers of clothing for the weather and stay hydrated when working outdoors. Employers should install heating devices or provide cooling stations when necessary. Employers should also reduce the number of work hours during extreme weather conditions.
- Immediately Report Safety Issues – Employees should report safety issues to the employer immediately. Do not assume that an employer is aware of a dangerous or hazardous situation.
- Immediately Fix Safety Issues — Employers are required to fix or resolve any dangerous or hazardous situations on the jobsite. As soon as an employee reports a safety issues, the employer would resolve the situation immediately. A failure to do so could result in the worker having a civil lawsuit for purposefully ignoring a dangerous situation that could result in an injury or death.
Have You Been Injured At Work? Call a California Worker’s Compensation Attorney.
Contact the experienced worker’s compensation attorneys of Torem & Associates for a free consultation. If you are injured at work or you develop an illness because of the work that you perform, you have the legal right to receive compensation through California’s worker’s compensation laws.
Worker’s compensation claims are not always easy to file. You need an experienced legal advocate to ensure your rights are protected. Contact our office now to discuss your workplace injury. Waiting could jeopardize your ability to receive compensation for your workplace injury. There is no obligation to meet with us. We will answer your questions about California worker’s compensation laws and explain the steps you need to take to receive benefits for your workplace injury.