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You may be the best safety feature you have

There is no doubt that you do your work well. In fact, you know your job so well, you can probably do it with your eyes closed. There may even be times when you go through the motions of an assignment, and your mind may wander because the steps are so routine. Perhaps you have reached a point where the work is even a little boring, and you just want to get it over with.

These may be the times when you are most vulnerable to an accident. At the same time, if you have a co-worker who is not putting his or her full attention to a task, not only is your teammate at risk, but you may also be in danger. Studies show that most workplace injuries happen because of some error on the part of the victim.

Common dangers on the job

Daydreaming is a natural response when a task is mostly physical and requires little concentration. However, if you have a lot on your mind and are especially worried by your troubles, you may have an increased risk of hurting yourself. As hard as it may be to leave your personal problems at home, the ability to do so may save your life.

Michigan workers who believe accidents can never happen to them place themselves and others in great danger. A cavalier outlook often leads to actions that increase the level of risk for all involved, including:

  • Taking shortcuts
  • Starting a project without hearing all the vital details of the job
  • Failing to plan or prepare for a job
  • Deliberately ignoring safety procedures

A casual attitude toward safety is dangerous and selfish. If you have a co-worker who believes he or she is too good or has too much experience to take basic safety precautions, you would do well to work as far away from that person as possible. There's a good chance it won't be long before an accident occurs.

While it is fortunate that you will have workers' compensation to cover your medical costs and lost wages, the better option is to avoid the injuries altogether and the hassle that comes with making a claim for benefits. Staying focused and remaining conscientious goes a long way in preventing workplace accidents. Whether you have a co-worker who is placing you at risk, or you see these behaviors in yourself, standing up for a safe work environment can bring positive changes in your workplace.

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