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Avoiding A Workers Compensation Injury

    Workers Compensation statisics show that the most dangerous jobs involve construction, operating motor vehicles, and work around machinery.  The leading causes of fatal workers comp injuries are traffic accidents, falls, contact with machinery, and electrocution.

    Because each occupation has its own risks and specific safety requirements, it is not possible to provide a complete list of safety precautions for every type of work.

    If you are hurt at work, tell your supervisor right away.  Do not complicate your recovery or your workers compensation case with having to prove you were hurt at work.

    Cluttered workplaces and bosses who try to cut corners often are the cause of work injuries.  If your employer refuses to provide you a safe place to work, notify OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) at 800 321-OSHA (800 321-6742).  You can call without leaving your name.

    The following are general guidelines to help you stay safe at work and avoid a workers' compensation claim.




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bulletProtect Against Falls.
bulletLadders and step-ladders.
bulletInspect before use for defects or slippery substances.
bulletPlace on level ground.
bulletProtect ladders from slipping backwards at the base.
bulletDo not reach too far.  Remember the belt buckle rule — your belt buckle should always be between the sides of the ladder.
bulletUse both hands while climbing.  Carry tools and materials within clothing or attached to a belt.
bulletFace the ladder and maintain 3-point contact at all times (2 feet and 1 hand, or 1 foot and both hands).
bulletStay off wet ladders or step-ladders.
bulletInspect before use for defects and slippery substances.
bulletMake sure planks are secure and level.
bulletGuardrails should be used above 10 feet.
bulletStay off wet scaffolding.
bulletOpenings in a floor should have guardrails and warnings.
bulletWhen not in use, openings should be covered with materials strong enough to bear loads.  Warnings should remain posted.
bulletAvoid working with your back to floor and window openings.
bulletRoof and edges.
bulletStay off wet roofs.
bulletFor pitched roofs, properly braced safety planks should be used.
bulletUse caution when carrying plywood or other materials that can be caught by gusts of wind.
bulletKeep the roof clear of debris.
bulletStay clear of other workers to avoid bumping into them.  Know where the other workers are at all times.
bulletDo not lean over an edge while working.
bulletWear safety harnesses.
bulletLift Carefully.  Back injuries from lifting can occur in any occupation, even office work.  Use proper technique when lifting.
bulletLift with your legs, not your back.  Squat down instead of bending over when lifting.  Keep your back straight when lifting.
bulletKnow and be prepared for the weight of the object before lifting it.
bulletDo not lift when tired.
bulletAvoid lifting heavy loads.  Ask for help.  If possible, separate a heavy item into parts and carry the parts individually.
bulletDo not lift and turn at the same time.  First lift, then turn.
bulletWhen helping to lift or carry an item, keep the weight balanced, warn if you are losing your grip, and set the item down together.
bulletDo not carry items that block your view of your path.
bulletNurses should follow prescribed procedures when lifting and moving patients.
bulletBe Extremely Careful Around Machines.  Improper use of machinery causes amputations and crush injuries.

Read the instruction manual and know exactly how your machine operates.


Refuse to use any machine that has safety guards removed.


Do not let machines run unattended.


Make sure all moving parts, such as  gears, chain drives, rollers, belts pulleys, and fans, are covered.


Never reach into a machine.


Be extremely careful when adjusting a machine or removing jammed work or broken parts.

This is the time when most injuries occur.


Make sure the power is off before trying to fix a problem.  Turn the machine power switch and unplug the machine.


Be aware that machine parts may still move with the power off.  Parts may have tension or be spring loaded and move suddenly, especially when something is jammed.


Use a tool, stick or metal rod instead of your hand to reach into the machine.


Wear protective equipment, such as safety glasses, face shields, goggles, and steel-toed shoes.


Do not wear untied long hair or clothing  — loose sleeves, hanging drawstrings or tassels, ties, scarves, open jackets  —that can get caught by rotating or moving parts.


Clamp work securely to the machine as needed.


Remove chuck keys before turning on a machine.


Use a push stick or push block  — not your fingers  —  to guide material.


Keep the floor and work area around the machine clean of spills, chips, and debris. You do not want to slip and fall into a machine.


Do not use machinery if you are sleepy or have taken medications, such as pain killers or cough medicine, that may make you sleepy.

bulletProtect Your Eyes.   Even "simple" eye injuries can cause lifelong vision problems and pain.  Sawdust and other airborne debris can scratch the cornea resulting in vision loss and a recurrently painful condition.  Protect your (only) two eyes:
bulletWear safety glasses.
bulletWear the correct glasses or goggles for the job.
bulletMake sure the lens is strong enough to protect against the speeds and forces in your workplace (flying metal chips, pebbles ejected from a lawnmower, etc.).
bulletWear side protection if your workplace is dusty or has flying debris.
bulletWatch out for splashes when pouring and carrying liquids.
bulletBe careful with cement.  Wet cement will irritate and even burn the eye.  Cement dust becomes moist if the eye begins to tear up.
bulletTake special care when hammering.  Metal slivers and nails that rebound are the most common causes of workplace vision loss.
bulletAvoid Electrical Shocks.  You will get an electric shock if you act as the connection (1) between a live wire and an electrical ground, or (2) between two wires of different voltage.  Electrical shock can cause death or burns and lead to falls.
bulletKnow when a wire is live (has electricity).  If not absolutely sure, do not touch the wire.  Have it tested.
bulletDo not touch wires or electrical parts that are not covered and insulated.
bulletAlways look for overhead wires when using ladders or poles.  Electricity can travel down wooden ladders, not just metal ladders.
bullet Make sure electrical tools and other equipment is properly grounded or double-insulated.
bulletDo not use electrical tools or appliances if their plugs have the ground prong missing.
bulletAvoid standing in puddles or on damp ground when using electrical tools and equipment.
bulletDo not plug too many things into one outlet.
bulletExamine extension cords daily for cracks, wear and exposed wires.  Use the right cord for the situation.
bulletUse surge protectors with built-in circuit breakers whenever possible, including at the end of extension cords.

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