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Unsafe work conditions exist: Are you being cautious?

Regardless of your employer or industry, you may notice unsafe working conditions from time to time. This holds true even if your company and its workers are devoted to providing a safe environment for all.

By understanding the most common types of unsafe working conditions, you can exercise caution with the idea of preventing an accident.

Here are some things to watch out for:

  • Poor housekeeping: There are many examples of poor housekeeping, including things such as clutter crowding aisles, boxes piled too high, debris on the ground and job sites that aren't cleaned at the end of the day.
  • Wet floors: This can happen for many reasons, such as a recent cleaning or wet conditions outside. Even though wet floors should be noted, such as with a warning sign, this doesn't always happen.
  • Electrical hazards: These range from the use of extension cords to unsafe outlets and fixtures to electricity too close to water. Since an electrical hazard can cause electrocution, safety standards should be in place.
  • Overcrowded warehouses: Working in a warehouse can bring you in contact with many hazards, such as those that pertain to overcrowding. For instance, if aisles are not kept clear, it's difficult for forklifts to operate in a safe manner. Just the same, workers will find it difficult to safely navigate.
  • Chemical exposure: Depending on your profession, you may regularly work in close proximity to dangerous chemicals. Many chemicals can have an adverse effect on your health if you come in contact with or inhale them.
  • Confined spaces: If your job requires you to work in a confined space, it's critical to make note of any safety hazards. Is there proper ventilation? Is there a way for you to escape in the event of an emergency, such as a fire?

Any type of unsafe working condition requires your full attention. Not only should you make note, but it's also imperative to share your findings with your supervisor and/or safety coordinator.

An on-the-job injury can change your life in many ways. In addition to keeping you out of work in the future, it may impact your ability to do the things you love. If you find yourself in this position, learn more about your legal rights for seeking workers' compensation benefits and filing a personal injury claim.

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