Hauptman O'Brien knows better than anyone else that accidents happen.
Understanding the circumstances surrounding workplace accidents is an excellent first step in preventing them.
MOST DANGEROUS WORKPLACES
1. Logging Workers
2. Fishers and related fishing workers
3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
5. Refuse and recyclable material collectors
TYPES OF WORK INJURIES
2. Traumatic Brain Injuries
3. Spinal Cord
4. Herniated Discs
COMMON CAUSES OF WORK INJURIES AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM
1. Workplace Violence - Written codes of conduct, anger management training, and harassment policies are a good first steps.
2. Machine Entanglement - When operating machinery with moving parts, take great care to keep loose strings, clothing and hair out of the way. Employees should be trained to never put their hands, arms, feet, or legs inside or near the opening of an operating machine.
3. Fires/Explosions - Cutting down on office clutter, properly storing fuels and flammable materials, and providing proper fire extinguisher training can significantly reduce the chance of a fire happening in your workplace.
4. Hazardous materials - In any workplace where hazardous materials are used, it’s essential that a hazmat safety plan be in effect. This should be accompanied by training on how to handle these materials and ensuring they are properly labeled and stored.
5. Repetitive Motion - Take frequent breaks to avoid repetitive motion injuries. Ergonomically designed office equipment, like desks, chairs, and keyboards, can also prevent these injuries.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A WORK INJURY
* Report any on-the-job injury to your supervisor immediately
* Get medical attention right away
* Follow your doctor’s instructions for recovery and take any prescribed medication
* Collect information from witnesses
* Keep a written record of how and when the injury occurred, as well much time off work you have had to take
* Keep copies of receipts for your medical expenses
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