Monday, August 15, 2016

6 Tips for Improved Workplace Safety

Accidents happen, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing you can you do to keep yourself safer at work. Here are 6 tips for workplace safety.

1.    Training
Should be a no-brainer, right? If you’re doing anything dangerous at work, you should have the proper training, so make sure you do. Less obvious is making sure your co-workers are also well trained. Maybe you don’t operate a forklift, but you want whoever does to know what he or she is doing!
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2.    Environment
If you’re environment isn’t safe, being well-trained might not matter. If you work with heavy machinery, for example, your equipment should be maintained and inspected for safety. Your workspace is also subject to safety codes; ask around and make sure your company is doing its due diligence to keep you safe!

3.    Equipment
Should you be wearing a hardhat, gloves, mask, or steel-toed boots? Make sure you’re decked out in the gear that will keep you safe. First aid and other emergency equipment should also be accessible. If you can’t see a fire extinguisher from your workspace, find out where it is or talk to a supervisor about beefing up safety measures.

4.    No Shortcuts
If you’ve been at your job a long time, taking a shortcut once in a while might be tempting, but you must resist! Always follow procedure and best practices; some of that stuff is designed to keep you safe. You could compromise your workers comp claim and reduce benefits by 50 percent if safety rules or equipment wasn’t used at the time of your injury.

5.    Cleanliness
Maintaining a clean workspace makes your environment safer. Something as simple as spilled water could cause a disaster for you or a co-worker. Set an example of workplace safety and keep it clean!

6.    Health
Staying healthy outside of work can help you stay safer in your workplace. If you have a physical job, staying fit is important to your safety. Getting enough sleep and downtime will help you be healthier, more alert, and safer at work.

Follow these tips and be safer at work!

If you do experience a workplace accident and are looking for help with the workers compensation process, the Glenwood Springs workers comp lawyers at Kaufman & Kaufman are ready to work for you! A member of the team is available for you at (970) 945-2396. Or, get more information about your rights and benefits here.

Monday, August 1, 2016

What You Need to Know: Older Workers and Workplace Injuries

Worry about getting hurt at work and losing your paycheck? If your younger days are (far) behind you, it might surprise you to know older workers are less likely to be injured at work. More than 20% less likely according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in fact!
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Before you think about taking off your hardhat or safety goggles, you should know older workers who were injured at work need more time away from work to recover. At 65 years and older, workers need 60% more time off work to recover from an injury, or about 14 days. That’s a long time to be missing a paycheck!

When you hire the experienced lawyers of Kaufman & Kaufman, LLC to represent you, you’ll be getting the quality representation and compassion you deserve. When you’re injured, the last thing you want to worry about is whether your family will be taken care of while you’re not working.

Get yourself some peace of mind and learn your workers compensation benefits and rights! Reaching out to the Glenwood Springs workers comp lawyers at Kaufman & Kaufman is a great start. Their expert advice and wealth of knowledge is available to you here or over the phone at (970) 945-2396.