Dangerous workplaces tend to be more lucrative compared to baseline jobs in the service industry, but you would not want to rely on the so called official protections that the employer is required to implement by law.
The most important thing to realize when it comes to work-related injuries is that almost all of them can be prevented.
However, in order for that prevention to succeed in its preventative magic, the worker has to work closely with the employer. After all, if the employer is competent in his organizational ability, everything will run smoothly. If not, the onus is on you to pick up the slack and increase the awareness of your immediate environment.
1.Adhere to the Rules
Governmental agencies have set them up for a reason, even if they may sometimes seem ridiculous or overprotective to the casual observer. Furthermore, obeying rules is conducive to an orderly environment in itself, which is a critical foundation for creating an environment in which preventative measures actually work.
A cluttered space creates clutter in the mind. It lowers perception of the potential danger, and it attracts more clutter. A clean environment reduces the unpredictable state of what can happen, so always make sure that you and others properly pack up and store their tools and other products of work. Work in itself requires much focus, so don’t let a cluttered environment drain it even further!
3.Familiarize Yourself with Safety Procedures
Take your time and view the short movie or a pamphlet that OSHA has meticulously prepared for you. It may be tempting to use shortcuts in a workplace, because you deem yourself as too “experienced” and “skilled” to follow them, but this inevitable leads to a mishap. Reality is chaotic, and establishing procedures reduces that inherent nature of reality.
4.Use Proper Gear
Even if you were not supplied with one, and especially if the weather is such that using proper gear would make you slightly more uncomfortable. It’s better to suffer discomfort than it is to suffer injury or maiming. Besides using proper tools, also use protective gear, eyewear, and everything else that is required, or you just think it should be.
Is the kitchen area proofed for slippage? Is the floor covered at all? Are there untethered cables running on the floor? Are there loose carpeting or hardwood tiles? Is the space adequately lit? Are there loose objects on the ground? These are just some of the questions you (and your employer) must ask in order to prevent injury.
6.Think about the Work Itself
Even office work can cause injury. For example, prolonged typing can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, but can be easily prevented with proper posture and keyboard attachment for a comfortable palm placement. There is always something that can make work easier and less likely to cause injury.
7.Take Short Breaks
Just like in a computer game, you should view focus as a resource. One that is slowly drained no matter what you do. In the end, we will all be drained of it without any hope for recovery. Yes, we call this state – death. In order to keep it at bay for as long as possible, create short breaks from work which do wonders for boosting your focus, so that you complete the day without an incident.
8.Keep Things Friendly
There is nothing more distracting than getting into a conflict with someone at work. You keep replaying it in your head, thinking of a good comeback that you failed to make in the heat of the moment. Try to avoid such situations altogether by avoiding engaging in vitriolic topics, such as politics or personal matter.
In the end, the takeaway is to not take anything for granted. Don’t let yourself go in an environment that someone else set up for you. Instead, think of it like you would if you were the one who is responsible for it. At least until you become comfortable with it and establish it safe.