New York employers are required to take reasonable steps to keep their workers safe. However, there are ways that you as an employee may be able to prevent a concussion, broken bone or other serious malady while on the job. Let’s take a look at some proactive things that you can do to stay safe while performing a task for your employer.
Understand proper lifting technique
Ideally, you will lift with your legs as opposed to with your back. In addition to making it easier to retain control of an object after it is off the ground, lifting with your legs can prevent back muscle strains or tears. It’s generally in your best interest to lift especially heavy items with the help of a colleague.
Make sure to stay focused on what you’re doing
Over a period of time, you may be able to complete most of your tasks without much thought. However, it’s important to remain focused when working even if what you’re doing seems boring or mundane. Doing so may prevent you from dropping a heavy object on your foot or spilling a chemical on your hands or legs. It’s worth noting that you may still be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you’re hurt at work because you made a mistake.
Take breaks whenever possible
Your risk of making an error increases significantly if you are mentally or physically tired. Therefore, it’s a good idea to take all the breaks that you are allotted during your shift. This is especially true when working in extremely hot or cold conditions. If you are working outdoors on a humid day, make sure to find a cool place to rest and have a drink of water. If you are working outdoors on a cold day, make sure to find a place where you can get warm.
If you are hurt at work, you should promptly report the injury to your employer and then file a workers’ compensation claim.