All workers in South Carolina deserve to be able to perform their jobs safely. Employers are required to keep the workplace free of hazards and in good condition, but workers can also use certain tips to stay safe on the job.
No matter what type of job you hold and the duties you perform, it’s important to stay alert at all times. When you’re constantly aware of your surroundings, you can better spot potential dangers and react faster to them so that you can get to safety.
Identify all emergency exits
All workplaces are required to have emergency exits in the event of a fire or other disaster. Knowing all their locations is important so that you know where to go if you have to evacuate.
Maintain proper posture
Many workers who file workers’ compensation claims and miss time off work suffer from repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. Often, this occurs because they don’t have ergonomic workstations. However, sometimes, it happens because they fail to maintain proper posture while sitting and using a computer or lifting or reaching for equipment. Proper posture could prevent many of these injuries.
Wear protective gear
If your job carries certain special hazards that could compromise your health, it’s important to wear personal protective equipment. This includes goggles, face masks, disposable gowns and sometimes, hearing protection and helmets. If you perform risky work like construction, you should also use protective cables to prevent falls.
Know all safety procedures
Employers are required to provide training to workers on all workplace safety procedures. Whenever a training session is provided, it’s wise to take notes and periodically refer to them.
Report potential hazards
If you become aware of any potential hazards, immediately report them to your employer. They should promptly deal with the situation to make things safer.
Immediately report injuries
Report any injury you suffer, even if it seems minor. You might be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits even if you caused the accident that resulted in your injury.
Using these tips can help you do your part to stay safer at work.