Brain Injury Prevention in the Workplace
Employees in all occupations deserve to work in a safe environment free of hazards and dangers. When this responsibility is not upheld or prioritized, serious workplace accidents can happen, the worst of which being a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In order to keep employees and guests alike safe, individual employers, small businesses, and large corporations alike should all take steps to help prevent TBI injuries and accidents.
Here are some basic safety tips employers should follow to stop serious accidents at work:
- Stable storage: Anything kept in above six-feet or so must be stored safely and soundly. Retail stores are often dependent on stock kept above shelves and aisles, or stacked high in the backroom. Routine safety walks should be conducted by team members to make certain that no product is placed precariously, where it could fall and strike someone in the head.
- Safety ladders: Whenever an employee must access a top stock location, or complete any other job-related task that requires them to reach a higher location, only safety ladders should be used. All ladders will have a weight rating based on its construction. Never attempt to put more weight on a safety ladder than its rating allows.
- Clean floors: Slips and trips can be extremely devastating, especially for elders or people who have suffered a concussion or mild brain injury in the past. Workplaces can be strewn with slip and trip hazards when maintenance and cleaning are overlooked. Loose carpeting, slippery tiles, lift carpeting, and random debris are all common examples of trip hazards you might see around your workplace. Be sure to report them to a supervisor immediately and do not risk your health by working near the hazards.
- Protective equipment: Certain occupations will require protective equipment to be provided to workers. Employees in the construction industry, for example, should be given hard hats when work is being done nearby. Workers who are instructed to ascend in a site, like up a scaffolding, should be given safety harnesses.
- Responsible driving: Employees who must routinely drive as part of their employment should always be encouraged to do so safely. Employers should not rush their drivers, which will increase the risk of a serious car accident. It is also important for companies to not schedule drivers in such a way that forces them to rush, or to drive to the point of exhaustion. This is an ever-present issue in commercial trucking industries, which often schedule truck drivers at least 14 hours per shift.
Did you suffer a traumatic brain injury on-the-job? If there is reason to believe your employer or a third party acted egregiously negligent to cause the accident, then you might benefit from filing a personal injury claim against them. For all the legal assistance you need, call (415) 688-2176 to connect with Scarlett Law Group and our San Francisco brain injury attorneys today.