Staying safe on the job is a big deal for both employees and employers in Colorado. The state and federal occupational health and safety regulations require employers to create a safe and conducive environment for work. And employees are required to adhere to the set rules for safety. Some extra tips you could apply to prevent any injuries include:
Take time to rest well
Even before you clock in for your shift, ensure you’re well-rested. A good night’s sleep can help improve your focus, coordination, and reaction time—all of which are important when working with potentially dangerous materials or under challenging conditions.
Further, during your shift, take breaks as needed. Under Colorado law, employers must provide employees with at least a 30-minute break for every four hours worked. If you feel fatigued, take advantage of your right to step away from your workstation and rest.
Wear the proper protective gear
Depending on the job, you may be required to wear certain safety gear while working. This could include gloves, goggles, hearing protection, or a respirator. It’s important to understand what gear is necessary for your job and that you’re wearing it correctly.
Pay attention to your surroundings
Know your work environment like the back of your hands. Keep it clean and organized. Also, be aware of the potential risks at your workstation. That way, you can take a proactive approach to avoid accidents that may happen.
Use proper body mechanics
Most workers’ compensation claims filed in Colorado are for injuries that occur due to poor body mechanics. The worst part about these types of injuries is that they take a while to develop (you won’t notice), but once they do, you can be disabled for months or even years. Using proper technique when lifting, bending or reaching for something can protect you from such hidden but dangerous causes of body pain. And, if you need help with a heavy object, it’s advisable to ask a coworker or use a machine.
Having a safe work environment in Colorado is a joint effort between employees and employers. However, if you get hurt, you may be entitled to compensation regardless of who’s fault was it that led to the accident.