When it comes to your physical health, some jobs are riskier than others. For instance, jobs in construction are inherently more dangerous than working in an administration position in an office.
While the higher risk for construction workers (as opposed to office workers) is apparent, all employers are required to adhere to OSHA guidelines, inform workers of hazards, and minimize any risk to their employees.
Be that as it may, there are still employers who fail to comply with OSHA regulations. Knowing the signs that you may be working in an unsafe environment can help you avoid a workplace injury or occupational illness, protect you from harassment, and keep your coworkers safe.
Here are five signs you are working in an unsafe work environment and should get in touch with the Lamber Goodnow Injury Team right away.
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1. No Heat Illness Prevention Program
If your workplace is a hot environment and there is no heat illness prevention program in place, you could be working in an unsafe environment.
Some positions put employers at risk of extreme heat – such as steel foundry jobs, jobs in commercial kitchens, and roofers who work outdoors in the summer heat. Employers should take steps to minimize the risk of heat illness by allowing new hires an adjustment period and providing easy access to water.
2. Slick, Cluttered, or Dirty Walking Surfaces
Slip-and-falls are among the most common workplace hazards that cause serious injuries – and the risk rises dramatically in areas of high foot traffic.
In workplaces like restaurants, it’s almost impossible to keep walking surfaces clear. However, workers are required to wear non-slip footwear to minimize the risk of slip-and-falls.
3. Inadequate Training
Before you start your new position, you should confirm that your new employer will give you adequate training for your new job responsibilities. If your training in your new position seems non-existent or inadequate, it could be a sign of a much larger problem – such as unorganized or lazy management.
When employers don’t have safety standards or provide adequate training, performing your job duties may lead to serious injury.
4. Frequent Illnesses at Work
If you and your colleagues often suffer from illnesses, there may be an issue with poor air quality or lack of adequate ventilation in your workplace. Harmful and dangerous chemicals like asbestos or radon could be what are making people in the workplace ill.
Another cause of frequent illness among employees could be stress that is compounded over time. Chronic stress is known to weaken the immune systems of employees.
5. Toxic Behavior
While physical hazards are the most apparent contributors to an unsafe work environment, toxic workplaces can severely damage employees’ emotional or mental well-being. Unlike the common adage about ‘sticks and stones,’ words from coworkers and superiors can have an adverse effect on a worker’s mental health.
Repressed frustration, anger, and other negativity can lead to physical altercations if they are not addressed in an appropriate way.
If you have experienced a severe workplace injury due to your employer’s negligence, get in touch with a team of personal injury lawyer immediately.