Falls at Work
Falling is one of the most common accidents that happen in the workplace. Despite increased regulations instigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are still a dangerous and avoidable hazard of many workplaces. It is important to know what is expected of your employer and some general guidelines to make you less likely of experiencing an injury due to a fall.
Safety in the Workplace
It is ultimately the responsibility of your employer to provide a safe work environment. OSHA has a number of regulations on the books to prevent workplace-related injuries, and it is the legal obligation of your employer to follow these regulations or risk incurring fines, or worse. If you suspect that your employer is not taking the proper steps to ensure the safety of you and your fellow workers, report him or her to OSHA or contact the Austin labor attorneys of The Melton Law Firm by calling 512-330-0017.
Steps for Safety
While your employer needs to follow regulations and keep the workplace safe, it is also important for you to practice preventative safety to avoid accidents. Here are some steps to avoiding a costly accident:
- Be alert and recognize potential unsafe conditions
- Always make sure to be especially careful when working at heights, and make sure others around you do the same
- Wear all appropriate safety gear
- When climbing stairs, make sure they are neither wet nor slippery. If they are, make sure your coworkers and bosses are aware of the potential danger.
Even the most careful employee can suffer an injury from a fall. If you have been injured in the workplace, contact the Austin labor attorneys of The Melton Law Firm by calling (512) 330-0017.