There are many myths when it comes to workplace safety. While most workers understand there is some form of danger in their job, many misconceptions can be counterproductive and raise the chance of injuries for workers. If you’re going to raise your safety levels at work, you may first need to debunk certain safety myths.
Here are three of the most common:
1. Myth: “You could have avoided your injuries”
Accidents can happen out of nowhere, suddenly and unexpectedly, and often aren’t caused by the worker who was injured, but may be caused by the neglect of safety issues that weren’t acknowledged before the accident. Humans aren’t machines and are capable of making mistakes.
Some employees may be injured because of something another worker did. A forklift driver may have put other workers in danger of vehicle accidents. While a cook could have spilled oils on the ground causing a slip and fall accident. But even these accidents may be the result of missing safety features in the workplace.
In any case, workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” system, so don’t let issues of fault stop you from filing a claim.
2. Myth: “Not every workplace is dangerous”
The truth is that there are all sorts of ways to be injured at any kind of job. While a papercut at an office may not be hazardous, even office workers can suffer slip and fall accidents, repetitive strain injuries, acquired illnesses and eye strain.
3. Myth: “The best form of safety is a slogan”
Your workplace may have a slogan like “This building is a zero injury space,” intending to reduce all injuries by just saying, “Don’t have them.” This may be one of the worst ways businesses try to reduce safety issues – and pocket more money in the meantime. Just because someone said not to get injured, doesn’t mean accidents don’t happen.
If you were injured while working, you may need to seek legal support that can guide you through the process of getting workers’ compensation.