Workplace accidents, such as slips and falls and equipment injuries, are common in Chicago and surrounding areas. That’s why employee safety training is important. Employers should make sure employees have necessary knowledge to avoid illness and injury.
If you are injured on the job, you may have a valid workers’ comp or third party claim. Even if you can make a workers’ comp claim, you may be able to get additional money from a third party. Call a no-win no-fee lawyer today at (312) 236-2900 for a free consultation or use our online contact form to reach out.
Many jobs require awkward sitting or standing positions or repetitive motions that can result in long-term serious injuries. Employees who are aware of how their body works and safe ways to bend, lift, stretch, push, pull, and otherwise operate their bodies are less likely to be injured.
For example, when you have to lift a heavy item from the ground, you should bend your hips and knees to squat down to your load. Pick up the item and then keep it close to your body. Straighten your legs to lift. Do not lift the heavy object above shoulder level. You should also avoid twisting and turning while lifting or holding heavy objects.
Even sitting can cause strain on the lower back and shoulders. The body can be better accommodated with good lumbar support and a foot rest. Your chair should be comfortable but sturdy and your desk should be an appropriate height. If you feel strain in your arms, shoulders, back, or legs, you should find items that support good posture.
Staying safe at work also means using appropriate equipment, including personal protection equipment (PPE). You may need to wear gloves, boots, a hardhat, or back support while you work to protect yourself. These items may be provided by your employer, or you may be reimbursed for them through a company plan. If not, they may be tax deductible in some situations.
In today’s world, you must have PPE to protect yourself against COVID-19. A face mask, gloves, and hand sanitizer should be used in all workplaces. Some environments also require divider screens or face shields for further protection. Your employer may provide you with these things as is mandated by state or county health departments. If not, you can acquire them at local grocery stores and wholesale companies.
Workplace safety is important. Your employer should train you and provide appropriate equipment to help you stay safe. If you are injured on the job, you may have a workmans’ comp or third party claim.
A third party claim would involve you suing someone other than your employer for your injuries. For example, if a manufacturer produced unsafe equipment that caused you harm, you may get compensation from them as well.
Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can help you with workers’ compensation as well as third party claims. Call us today at (312) 236-2900 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.