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Employees have a right to a safe and healthy workplace. Employers also benefit by helping prevent on-the-job injuries. Working together, we can continue the recent trend in America toward a safer workplace. Check out these helpful tips and resources.

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Education, Enforcement Protect Workers

The good news: America’s workplaces are safer now than ever. Injuries in 2012 were at an all-time low and fatalities were the second lowest on record, according to the 2014 State of Safety report from the National Safety Council. “Through collaborative education and outreach efforts, and effective law enforcement, these numbers indicate that we are absolutely moving in the right direction,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.

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The bad news: There were still 4,383 fatal work injuries in 2012, according to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, and nearly 3 million injuries. Employers, employees, health and safety professionals and government officials must continue working together to keep workplace safety top of mind.

10 Safety Tips for Employees

Here are 10 tips to help employees create a safer work environment for themselves and others:

  1. Be aware. Know the hazards particular to your workplace.
  2. Learn good posture. While at your desk, keep your shoulders in line with your hips. And use good form when lifting.
  3. Take regular breaks. Many work-related injuries occur when a worker is tired. Schedule tough tasks when refreshed.
  4. Don’t take shortcuts. Skipping proper procedures when using dangerous tools and machinery is the leading cause of workplace injuries.
  5. Keep emergency exits clear. And make it easy to reach emergency shutoffs.
  6. Report unsafe conditions to your supervisor. Don’t be shy if you see a workplace hazard. Your supervisors are legally obligated to ensure your safety.
  7. Use mechanical aids whenever possible. Don’t carry something heavy when you could use a wheelbarrow, conveyor belt, forklift or other aid.
  8. Stay sober. About 3 percent of workplace fatalities occur due to alcohol and drug use.
  9. Reduce stress. Stress can make it hard to concentrate.
  10. Wear proper safety equipment. Earplugs, hard hats, safety goggles, gloves, etc., greatly reduce the risk of workplace injury.

Click here for complete details. The National Safety Council also offers 25 steps to a safer office. And here are seven safety tips for employers.

Your Right to a Safe Workplace;
Compensation for Your Injuries

Under federal law, every employee has the right to a safe workplace. If you believe your workplace is dangerous, you can request an inspection from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal agency. Click here for more information, including educational resources for both employees and employers.

Workers’ compensation, which is regulated on the state level, covers medical bills, lost wages, disability and job retraining for employees injured on the job. If you are hurt at work, report your injury to your employer immediately. Then contact your state workers’ comp office (list here) for additional guidance. Download this handy checklist to collect information for your claim. If your employer doesn’t have work comp insurance or penalizes you for filing a claim, or the insurer denies your claim, you may need a lawyer. Contact us anytime for more information.

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