June is National Safety Month. Learn how you can stay safer at work .

Celebrating National Safety Month

Every year, the National Safety Council (NSC) sets aside the month of June to celebrate National Safety Month. The goal of this month is to raise awareness about safety issues, to educate people about safety, and to highlight safer behaviors for some of the leading causes of injuries and deaths in the United States.

One of the places many Americans are injured each year is at work. While most people are covered through the no-fault workers’ compensation system, the best way to stay healthy — and improve your overall safety — is to avoid accidents entirely. With that in mind, here are some tips about how you can improve your safety and the safety of your coworkers as we celebrate National Safety Month.

As workplace accident lawyers, we see how many people are injured on the job, and how serious those injuries can be. In fact, according to the NSC, approximately 11 workers die on the job every single day in the United States. Reducing those numbers requires a commitment from all Americans — including you. Here are 5 ways you can improve workplace safety:

Minimize Distractions

You know that distracted driving is dangerous, but did you also know that being distracted while on the job can be hazardous? Whether you are walking down the stairs or operating a piece of machinery, being alert to what is happening around you and what you are doing can help to prevent accidents. Never use your cell phone while operating machinery or driving a car, and always be attentive to the task at hand.

Follow Safety Policies

Your employer likely has safety rules and procedures in place, and it is up to you to make sure you follow them. If you haven’t ever taken the time to do so, review the rules and make sure that you are taking the precautions outlined in company manuals. This may include wearing protective equipment, knowing where emergency exits are located, and becoming aware of what to do in case of an emergency.

Be Weather Smart

If your job requires you to be outside in any kind of inclement weather — be sure that you are protecting yourself from the elements. Protect yourself from sunburn and heatstroke by taking frequent breaks, staying hydrated, and wearing lightweight, breathable clothing.

Lift Smart

Lifting heavy objects on your own can spell disaster. You could sprain or strain something, or otherwise hurt yourself or another person. Instead of attempting to lift or carry heavy objects, take advantage of any mechanical aids that are available, such as a dolly, wheelbarrow, or another item to help you move it. You can also let a supervisor know if you need help moving an item that is too heavy for you to lift on your own.

Remember Your Training

It can often be tempting to zone out during your training, thinking that what the trainers are talking about doesn’t apply to you. But knowing how to do things properly — and safely — can keep you from harm on the job. Pay close attention during training, and be sure to implement proper protocol while on the job. Later, when you are working, make sure that other employees are following the appropriate procedures as well.

If you have been hurt on the job, a skilled workplace accident attorney can help you get the money you deserve for your injuries. Contact the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 or to schedule a free initial consultation and learn how we can help you if you have been injured while at work.