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Obey the personal safety rules

Slips, trips, and falls: Falls are the number one leading cause of injury in the workplace. A major cause of falls in the workplace is the use of improper lifting techniques. You may work with patients who need help getting around, or at a factory where you’re lifting boxes on a continual basis. No matter who or what you may be lifting, there are some key points to consider.

Proper Lifting Tips

  • Make sure you use good posture, both sitting and standing.
  • Assess the situation and plan the lift.
  • Keep your materials and tools within easy reach to prevent muscle strains.
  • Make sure you have nonskid shoes and firm footing.
  • Bend your knees, tighten your stomach, and keep your back straight.
  • Make sure you have a good grip on the item or person you’re lifting.
  • Lift smoothly. A smooth lift means that you avoid twisting your body, lifting with your legs, not your back.
  • Point your feet in the direction you want to go, and push if possible rather than pull.
  • Ask for help in lifting heavy objects.

What to do if you have an accident:

  • Report the accident to your supervisor immediately, even if the accident does not require medical treatment. Your supervisor will complete an accident report form for your signature as well at that of any witness(es).
  • If you seek medical treatment for an on-the-job injury, do not file it on your health insurance. Your supervisor will provide you with a statement to provide to your medical provider. This statement will provide information to the medical provider on how to file the claim with the Worker's Compensation Administration.
  • If you feel the accident was caused by your employer’s violation of mandated safety practices, call our office for representation.

Vehicle Safety
The safe operation of your employer’s vehicle is a major concern. Some tips on vehicle safety are listed below.

  • Seatbelts should be worn by all drivers and passengers. As you know, statistics show that seatbelts save lives and reduce the threat of serious injury.
  • Parking should be done only in legal parking areas. The vehicle should never be left running. Always remove the keys and always lock the doors of the vehicle. This practice can help deter crime as well as reduce accidents.
  • Speed limits must be obeyed. Additionally, pedestrians have the right-of-way in crosswalks. Stop for all pedestrians, not just those in crosswalks.

In the event of an accident involving an employer-owned vehicle, the following procedures should be followed:

  • Render First Aid, if qualified to do so, and arrange for medical attention if necessary.
  • Notify the proper law enforcement official immediately. Do NOT move the vehicle unless absolutely necessary until the proper authority has investigated the accident.
  • Exchange names, driver's license numbers and insurance information with the driver of the other vehicle.
  • Obtain the name, address and telephone numbers of any witness(es) to the accident.
  • Report the accident to your supervisor immediately.
  • Make sure you obtain a copy of the Accident Report Form completed by the law enforcement officer. Provide your supervisor with a copy of the report.
  • If it is your employer’s policy, be prepared to be drug tested.

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