Workplace safety is the responsibility of everyone. This includes business owners, management staff, and employees. In order to create and maintain a safe environment, employers and employees should work together to set goals about safety and health and then work together to achieve those goals. A safe work environment is one where health and safety is at the forefront of everyone’s mind.
Avoiding Slip and Fall Injuries at Work
Slip and fall injuries, according to the US Department of Labor, account for 15 percent of all accidental work related deaths each year. They also account for 95 million lost workdays annually. Slip and fall accidents happen because of a loss of traction between the worker’s shoe and the surface they are walking on. Steps to avoid slip and fall injuries at work include creating good housekeeping practices, reducing wet or slippery surfaces, removing obstacles on walkways, maintain proper lighting, requiring employees to wear proper shoes, and minimizing inappropriate behavior that can lead to tripping and falling.
Work-Related Respiratory Injuries
Mesothelioma is a cancer that attacks the respiratory system and the abdomen. This cancer was all but unheard of until asbestos was used in buildings that became common during the 20th century. Professionals, like those at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., know that many of these building still contain asbestos. It took researchers some years to see the connection between breathing in asbestos fibers and developing mesothelioma. However, in March 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer explained that over time the research has created undeniable proof that asbestos causes cancer. Individuals who have spent decades of their life working with the product or in buildings where asbestos was present and who now have the symptoms of mesothelioma should speak to a medical professional and a personal injury attorney. They may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
Sexual Harassment at the Workplace
Not all work-related injuries are physical. Some attack people on an emotional and mental level. Sexual harassment falls into this category. It includes unwanted, unwelcome sexual behavior that leaves a person feeling humiliated or intimidated. It includes verbal and written material. This type of harassment is against the law and has no place in the work environment.
Work Related Burn Injuries
According to the CDC, annually more than 25,000 young people, people under the age of 18, were injured while working at fast food restaurants. Twenty-one percent of these injuries were burns. Many of these injuries came as a result of inexperience on the part of the employee. As a result, employers are now required to be trained in basic first aid for burns and first-aid materials should be easily accessible at the workplace.
A person’s place of employment should be a relative safe haven. They should be able to accomplish their job knowing that their safety and well-being are cared for.