How do I know if my workplace is safe?

You remember it like it was yesterday: you were working at your warehouse job when a pallet fell off of the forklift and landed on you. The doctors diagnosed you with a concussion, along with a few other injuries, and you spent the week in Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center.

Now that you are healed, you’re returning to work, but this time at a new location. You want to make sure your workplace is safe, but how do you really know if it is?

Top Eight Signs Your Workplace Is Safe

Although you can never tell for sure if you will stay safe, you can look for a few signs that your employer cares about your well-being and has taken steps to decrease your chances of becoming injured.

  1. Your boss, manager, and supervisors never expect or encourage you to take shortcuts when performing your job duties. They also tell you this type of behavior is unacceptable.
  2. You and other workers know what to do in the case of a fire, accident, or emergency.
  3. You are spoken to often about the importance of workplace safety.
  4. You are informed of any new workplace safety issues either before you arrive to work or shortly after you get there.
  5. You have direct supervision at most times, particularly when you have just been hired or are starting a new responsibility.
  6. You have been trained on how to perform your tasks responsibly and safely, and hazards are reported and managed, not ignored.
  7. You have access to workplace safety policies and procedures.
  8. All employees are healthy and uninjured.

We Can Help

Unfortunately, even if your workplace does what it can to keep employees safe, accidents and injuries can still happen.

If you are injured on the job, you may have the right to receive workers’ compensation. The attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert can help you file for workers’ comp, answer any questions you have, and help you if you’ve been denied. Connect with us today to discuss your situation with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney and find out if we can help you.