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Adopt Safe Practices at Work

15th April 2010
By Robert Palmer in Employment Law
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Injuries at the workplace happen unexpectedly and can be a painful experience. It can leave you jobless, dependent on miniscule amounts of compensatory payments and cause you immense hardship. Workplace injury can happen to anyone, regardless of the industry or the nature of work. Each industry and job has its own share of risks. Work related accidents kill or maim many across the world. Statistics on fatalities at the workplace could be a real shocker. Sample this – a report by the Burnley Express, a local newspaper in UK, puts the number of casualties from workplace injuries in 2008 at 4100 in one county itself! Extrapolate these figures and there will be millions affected across the world. Everyone has a right to work under safe conditions and all employers have a duty to meet prescribed safety regulations.

While it is true that you cannot predict an accident, it always pays to be safe. Being aware of your immediate environment at the workplace can go a long way to prevent any accident at work. Have a thorough knowledge of the machines you use, the production environments you face and be alert about possible dangers that your job might present. Be active and notify appropriate authorities if you sense any hazard. Make sure you use properly maintained and certified equipments while at work. Follow safety guidelines that your employer might have. Your dedication and hard work contribute to your employer’s business prosperity. Your diligence and concentration is of paramount importance for the business. Ensure, therefore that you are not overworked and get the right amount of sleep. Lack of sleep and tiredness can cause fatalities at the workplace. In case you have experienced any injury at work, there are regulations that protect you. Nations across the world have safety regulations in place and have provisions for worker compensation, like accident claim, in case of an injury. In some cases, employers may try to cover-up the accident or even accuse you of negligence. Do not be deterred in such circumstances. File for your rightful compensation claim under the workplace injury provisions of the law of your land. Workplace safety is important both from an employer as well as from an employee’s perspective. For an employer, the costs of negligence can go up in terms of higher premium amounts for workers compensation insurance.

The threat to health and livelihood remains a constant risk for the worker in case of an accident at work that causes fatalities or personal injury. It is therefore important to adopt safe practices and make safety a way of life at your workplace.
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