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Workplace safety for employees

Workplace safety should be a concern of every worker in Connecticut. Having a safe working environment is a shared responsibility that depends on both management and workers communicating about and following safety standards.

One tip for remaining safe in the workplace is to be aware of the unique hazards of a workplace or job. Once the hazards are known, workers will be able to avoid possible dangerous areas and situations. It is also necessary to always be on guard around machinery.

Workplace safety also extends to knowing how to sit, stand or move with the correct posture. People who routinely work at a desk can protect their back by making sure that their hips are in line with their shoulders. It is also important to maintain the correct form when lifting up items. It can be helpful to use furniture and safety equipment that are ergonomically designed so that there is no need to strain to reach what is necessary to complete work tasks.

In many cases, work-related illnesses and injuries may occur because workers are exhausted, burned out and not attentive to their surroundings. Regular work breaks help revitalize workers. It can also be helpful for workers to complete their most challenging tasks when their concentration is at its best, such as during the morning.

The machines and tools used on the job should be used properly to avoid mishaps. This includes never using one tool in lieu of another to perform a specific task. Workers should never try to take shortcuts, which is one of the primary causes of injury in the workplace.

A workers' compensation attorney may be able to assist injured workers with obtaining the benefits to which they are legally entitled. The attorney may assist with appealing denied claims for back injuries or occupational diseases.

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