No matter how careful you are or how many safety training videos are in your break room at work, the reality is that accidents can happen to anyone at any time. Unfortunately, even the most safety-conscious employees can fall victim to other employees’ negligence or carelessness or even their superiors.

Fortunately, there are some things that employees in California can do to reduce the risk of being involved in a workplace accident. Even though you can’t control others’ actions, there are significant benefits to being as safe as possible yourself.

Workplace Safety Tips for California Employees

Make your own work environment as safe as possible by following these safety tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Every workplace is different, but they all have in common that they are safer when employees are aware of their surroundings. The more familiar you are with your surroundings, the more likely you are to recognize hazards and avoid them.
  • Use correct posture. Using proper posture is more than standing or sitting up straight. In the workplace, it means bending, lifting, climbing, sitting, standing, and walking correctly and safely. For example, when lifting, use your legs, and not your back.
  • Take advantage of your breaks. The law requires employers to provide rest and meal breaks to employees for a reason. Taking regular breaks helps you stay aware, prevents you from being distracted by hunger or dehydration, and ensures that you are not overtaxing your body.
  • Don’t take shortcuts on safety. Workplace safety procedures are designed to protect you against hazards that are present in that work environment. Don’t take shortcuts when following safety procedures. Also, don’t underestimate the dangers.  
  • Report unsafe conditions. This can be difficult for many people, but if your workplace is not safe, you should notify your employer. If he or she does not take care of the hazards, then you should consider reporting the issues to OSHA.

By following these workplace safety tips, you could prevent an accident or injury from hurting you or your coworkers. If you have questions about workplace injuries or reporting an unsafe condition, contact The Law Offices of Dennis R. Fusi & Associates for help.