Managers and employees both have an obligation to ensure that a work area is free from hazards. Furthermore, they both have an obligation to ensure that safety rules are being followed at all times. By establishing a safety plan and following its protocols consistently, individuals in Connecticut and throughout the country can stay safe on the job.
Key rules that workers should follow
You should never come to work while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Furthermore, you should never operate a machine without wearing protective equipment such as gloves and goggles. While operating machinery, your hair and clothing should be as close to your body as possible. Following these rules can minimize the chances that clothing, hair or jewelry gets caught in a piece of equipment.
Employees should remain focused on their work at all times
Ideally, you will refrain from running, jumping or engaging in other potentially dangerous activities in close proximity to a machine. Engaging in such activities could increase the risk that you or a colleague gets hurt. It is also critical that you refrain from using machines that have been locked, tagged or otherwise turned off for any reason.
Managers should help employees understand their responsibilities
Managers should make sure that employees understand the safety rules that they are obligated to follow. Furthermore, they should ensure that workers are performing tasks in areas that have adequate lighting and ventilation. They should also be allowed to work in environments that are clean and free from debris. If you notice a dangerous condition in a warehouse or similar type of working environment, it is your job to either report it or take steps to eliminate it.
If you get hurt at work, you might be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits may help you pay medical bills as well as recoup a portion of wages lost while recovering from your injuries. An attorney may help you file a claim for benefits or help you track the progress of a claim.