Thousands of people are injured each year in workplace accidents involving machinery. Operating machinery is not as easy or as safe as some people may believe. Machinery poses safety hazards. Workers who operate machinery must be very careful and take precautions in order to reduce their risk of being injured in a workplace accident.
Employers have the duty to ensure employees are properly trained, machinery is maintained, and all safety protocols are in place and followed. However, employees who work with machinery can take steps themselves to reduce their risk of injury. Unfortunately, even if you follow all rules and procedures, you may still be injured. If you are injured in a workplace accident, contact our office immediately to discuss your right to receive workers comp benefits.
Five Workplace Rules That Can Reduce Your Risk of Being Injured When Working With Machinery
Never Operate a Machine You Are Not Trained to Operate
An employer may try to push you to operate a machine you are not trained to operate when they are short-handed. Operating machinery without proper training increases your risk of being injured in a workplace accident.
Do Not Wear Loose Clothing or Jewelry
Loose clothing and dangling jewelry can become caught in machinery. Your fingers, arms, or other appendages could be pulled into the machine along with your clothing or jewelry. Leave the jewelry at home and avoid loose clothing when working with machinery.
Never Remove Safety Guards
Machinery safety guards are put in place for a reason. They are designed to protect the operator from debris, sparks, and other dangerous situations. Never remove safety guards or modify safety guards on machinery. This can increase the risk of a serious workplace injury.
Always Use Your Personal Protection Equipment
The type of personal protection equipment (PPE) you need depends on the type of machinery you work with for your job. You may need eye protection, ear protection, heavy gloves, or steel-toed boots. Whatever PPE is recommended for your job, always wear your PPE while at work.
No Goofing Off
The workplace is not the place to be goofing around, especially if you work with machinery. Letting your guard down or becoming distracted for even a few seconds can result in a tragic workplace accident. Always remain focused on your job and reserve your socializing and fun for after you clock out.
Have You Been Injured in a Workplace Accident?
If you have been injured at work, you are entitled to receive workers comp benefits under Florida’s workers’ comp laws. In most cases, this applies even if the employee makes a mistake that contributes to his or her injury. If your employer is denying your claim, contact our office for a free consultation with a Boca Raton workers comp attorney.
Contact The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. by calling 1-800-333-3903 to speak with a Boca Raton workers comp attorney.