At our Alhambra urgent care clinic, we spend a lot of time treating people who have been hurt while on the job or handling workman’s compensation examinations. However, the best way to deal with workplace safety is to avoid getting hurt in the first place! We spend time on outreach and educating people on how to keep themselves safe while at work.
These are the workplace-related issues we’re most likely to discuss with our patients, whenever they come in for urgent care in Alhambra.
Five Ways to Help Prevent Workplace Accidents
1 – Know and follow your workplace safety rules.
This might seem obvious, but we see a lot of workplace accidents that ultimately came from workers disregarding hazard signs or posted safety instructions. The better you can follow the posted rules, the better off you’ll be. This goes double if you’re operating heavy machinery.
Also, in the case of accidents involving more than one person – if you can show you were following the rules, you’re less likely to be found at fault.
2 – Don’t skip safety meetings.
We know, people have a tendency to suddenly get “sick” when there is a round of boring safety meetings coming up. However, they can have important information – particularly if safety procedures are changing. You should attend the meetings just in case something genuinely important has changed.
3 – Always keep your workplace clean.
Don’t contribute to safety problems. Keep your workspace neat and tidy, without any obvious tripping or slipping hazards. If there’s a spill or other minor incident, clean it up promptly. Do your part to help keep your co-workers safe.
Speaking of which:
4 – Watch out for others.
Safety should be everyone’s business at work. Don’t just look out for yourself, keep an eye out for co-workers who may be heading for danger without realizing it. We also see a lot of accidents come into our clinic where we’re forced to wonder, “Why didn’t anyone SAY something?” We’d prefer to see a lot fewer of those.
5 – Always report hazards to a supervisor.
Follow your workplace reporting rules, and be sure to promptly report any minor accidents, spills, or other hazards which could affect others. This can make a big difference when preventing dangerous situations!
Please note that our Urgent Care Facilities might not be able to treat all conditions similar to those described here and these patients are referred to a local emergency room if a high-level of care is required.