5 ways to avoid sustenance of injury in work place
It may be easy to say that one is safe when working in a seemed office or a work place but most accidents occur in an offIce type of environment, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that some 2.3 million across all genders and legal ages, around the world, have once suffered from injuries from work-related accidents or disease every year and it is linked to more than 6000 deaths every day as there are around 340 million occurrences of occupational accidents and more than half of the occurrences are victims of work-related illness annually due to exposure of work-environment without proper protection or just tendencies.
In an agreement and pledge by employers to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers are responsible for their employees' safety though provision of proper equipment and adequate personal protective equipment needed on their work environment and they are as well liable when employees sustained injuries caused by faulty equipment and improper or lack of provision of their safety wear, however, workers' dependency to their safety to their employer is limited as they can be charged liable when they are proven that they caused the accident themselves.
Unfortunately, the count of preventable death rate in workplaces lies around 3.1 per 100,000 workers since 2016 and this dire situation is not interrupted and numbers keep increasing and in 2019, work-related injuries that are assisted with proper medical consultation totals in 4.64 million in 2019. Here are some common things to do when working inside your office desk to avoid accidents or self-errors that can cause alarm inside the office environment.
Report Incidents inside the workplace even if minor
Working on crooked small errors in details and even in object placements in a work place could mean an existence of a risk and may cause injuries or even death, so reporting occurrence of tripping over messy wiring or obstructing material lying on the floor means a lot and potentially saving a co-worker from sustaining broken bones or head injury. Occurrence of being struck by an object in the head, even if it is considered as minor, should be reported since maybe next time thing that would hit your head next would be something that is fatal -- sharp and heavy. Even in office, risks such as that should be elimited as office workers are most of the time off-guard to those risks unlike employees in a industrial workspace as construction site.
Conduct pre-placement physical assessment
Aside from presence of innate risks and posing hazards due to bad building planning and segregation, one's physical ability to perform a task or his/her natural build can cause accident on fewer cases. Screening applicant and lab testing their physique as a qualification for a certain office work or as long as there is no disagreeing element present in a potential employee that may harm himself during the course of working.
Avoidance of Ergonomic Error
As an employee in an office, you may spend most of your 8-hour shift sitting in a desk facing a computer or paperworks. It may seemed to be normal, but the longer an employee sits and stares at a computer, the higher the chances of developing an ergonomic strains and injuries to back and nerves linked to posture, typing and other repititive movements. Its symptoms are hard to distinguish as they appear after days or weeks of developing a certain condition. Employers are recommended to provide their employees ergonomic seats and other supplies needed to perform their work as they are liable for development of health conditions of their employees.
Air Flow and Quality
Air quality means better air intake to the brain for more productive employees and cleaner work as well as safer work space in general. When dusts and other specks of solid things fill the air and it circulates around the office for the whole day, every day, then there is a significant rise in chances for employees as well as the employer to develop occupational asthma and other respiratory issues and collateral damages such as soreness of eyes, etc.
Aircon and vents are both structural standards when it comes to constructing an enclose workspace such as an office to avoid lesser productivity as well as paying workers' comp for the apparent negligence the employer shown.
If ever one of your family members or closests friend has been involved in a workplace accident who have sustained either minor or significant injuries and even a possible death as he/she is facing death inside hospital because the employer or management has shown apparent negligence and recklessness, you can always refer help from a professional experienced injury lawyer to smoothen things out as your hired lawyers can help you decide from their factual and legal advices.
Ryan LLP is an Ohio based injury lawyer that represents victims of personal injury caused by car accidents, medical malpractice due to medical professional's negligence, and even wrongful death against large companies, agencies and even individuals. We have 40 years of experience doing our service in this field and evidently successful with our civil litigations. Call our office now for free legal consultation.