Knowing how to spot and eliminate common workplace hazards is one of the keys to preventing injuries and tragedies. Many hazards, like clutter blocking an exit that is never used or boxes on high shelves blocking fire sprinklers, can go completely unseen or just become part of the daily landscape and go unnoticed. There are safety regulations, but every workplace is unique, and hazards can still exist even when there are no specific violations. If you have been injured on the job, talk to an experienced Georgia Workers’ Compensation attorney to make sure you receive the full benefits you are entitled to.
Inadequate housekeeping can affect any type of business. Clutter, spills, drawers and cabinets that or left open or do not latch properly and come open on their own, poor storage choices and other housekeeping slip-ups can easily become the norm and fade into the background going unnoticed by all. In some cases, a failure to designate who is responsible for housekeeping tasks or disagreement on who is responsible for what, leads to messes being left as they are. In reality, the first person to notice hazards such as spills or clutter in walkways should step up and do something about it before someone gets hurt.
Improper Use of Extension Cords
Extension cords are meant for temporary use. When they are used long-term, they are often strung across walkways, creating a fall hazard and in some environments are prone to damage from foot or equipment traffic.
Another common danger is using the wrong type of extension cord for the job or chaining multiple extension cords together.
Working Too Quickly with Heavy Equipment
Workers who are under pressure will often take shortcuts on safety to get the job done as required by their employers. That can mean failing to properly secure loads, overloading, and operating while distracted. And while proper training is essential, workers are often unable to use the safety protocols they are taught because employers are expecting too much, too fast from too few employees.
If you have been injured in a Sandy Springs area work accident, please call Robbins Law, PC, at 800-772-5555 or contact us online today to schedule your free consultation.