For workers in California, some job site hazards are obvious. But hundreds of employees have been injured by minor hazards that they didn’t even see coming. While you can’t prepare for every possibility, you can keep your job site clean and clutter-free to reduce the risk of accidents. Here’s some hidden hazards in your job site that you might be overlooking.
What are some frequently overlooked hazards?
It might sound obvious, but you should keep your workspace as clean and free of clutter as possible. A small piece of debris in a hallway can cause someone to trip and injure themselves, leading them to file for workers’ compensation benefits. You should also check for small hazards like cabinet drawers that were left open or doors that don’t close all the way. A few minor changes can go a long way in keeping everybody safe.
Additionally, you should never use makeshift stools when you’re trying to reach something. Always use a real step stool or a sturdy ladder. If you use a makeshift stool like a box or a pallet, it might end up crumbling beneath you. You should also regularly inspect the electrical cords and make sure they’re in good condition. If a cord appears to be frayed or damage, replace it if it’s safe to do so or call an electrician.
You should never block a fire escape, even if it’s just for a few minutes. If a fire breaks out, a few minutes can be crucial in getting everybody out of the building. You should also avoid obstructing the fire sprinklers near the ceiling. Additionally, make sure you know where the fire exits and fire extinguishers are located so you know what to do in case of an emergency.
Have you been injured in a workplace accident?
You might want to meet with an attorney to discuss your situation. In cases where a non-employer third party is responsible, such as the manufacturer of a defective piece of machinery, it might be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit as well as a workers’ compensation claim.