5 Workplace Safety Tips for Today’s Worker

According to OSHA, on average more than 14 U.S. workers die on the job every day. That equates to more than 99 work-place related deaths every day, and over 5,000 work-place related deaths each year. Regardless of your occupation, workplace safety should be a top priority to both you and your employer. Below are 5 workplace safety tips that apply to all workplaces.

  1. Prevent Fall Down Accidents. Even if an employer selects adequate flooring, surfaces can still become slippery and dangerous when messes aren’t cleaned properly. Employees should always report spills right away and ensure walkways aren’t cluttered with items that could cause someone to trip. Employers should maintain a regimented cleaning schedule and address any damaged flooring right away.
  2. Get enough sleep! Drowsiness in the workplace can be extremely dangerous. Your body responds to a lack of sleep much like it responds to alcohol, your judgment can be impaired, reaction time slowed, and ability to concentrate diminished. Employers should refrain from scheduling employees on back-to-back shifts, and must give employees breaks as mandated by State Law.
  3. Reduce stress. Stress can wreak havoc on your body physically and emotionally and may interfere with your ability to perform in the workplace. Simple things like starting your day earlier (to avoid a hectic morning commute), organizing your workstation, wearing comfortable shoes, and focusing on one item at a time as opposed to multitasking will help to reduce workplace stress.
  4.  Avoid the urge to take shortcuts. If you’re feeling pressure at work to get a lot done in a short period of time you may be tempted to take shortcuts. Remember that procedures exist for a reason, and are often designed to maintain a safe environment.
  5. Use your voice. If your workplace is unsafe tell your supervisor right away.  “The only way to stop unsafe conditions from happening is to report them to supervisors as soon as you notice them and help be part of the solution. Your supervisor is legally obligated to provide all employees with a safe working environment, and will take care of any unsafe conditions, but they have to be aware of those conditions to do so. It’s important to always report any hazardous situation or unsafe condition as soon as possible, to keep yourself and other employees safe. Work together to find a solution to prevent the unsafe condition from occurring again in the future.”-eSafety.com

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Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP