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Dangerous Jobs – How You Can Protect Yourself

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Let’s face it – there are dangers in every job. The role itself might not prove fatal, but stress, poor building maintenance, or high-risk positions can all cause problems for you. There are plenty of physically dangerous jobs to worry about too. That doesn’t mean you should avoid these rewarding yet demanding careers. But it does mean you ought to go that little bit further to protect yourself on the job.


Gear Up

Employers are legally obliged to ensure you are wearing the right protective gear. That means if you’re the supervisor, you have a part to play in making sure your subordinates are dressed appropriately. Unfortunately, not every employer is required to provide that safety wear. Don’t cut corners. If that pair of goggles or steel toe caps can prevent an injury, then invest the money and gear up. It’s cheaper than paying the medical bill if something goes wrong.

Physical Fitness

Dangerous jobs are often very physically demanding. That means you need to be in good shape with good strength. The trouble is, you don’t feel much like heading to the gym after a day logging or mining. Even if you don’t feel like it, it is really important you keep up a good all-around physical fitness in these types of roles. Don’t assume the job is all the workout you need.

“Many people travel to work with a mundane routine in mind. However, there are several dangerous jobs that have a much higher risk of fatality. As of 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4,609 work related injuries. Most of the work related deaths occur in a general group of dangerous careers to earn a living. Regardless of the utmost safety measures required in each field, fatalities still occur because of several uncontrollable factors surrounding high-risk careers.” – Risking Your Life For Your Career

Know Your Rights

We’ve already looked at some of your employer’s responsibilities when it comes to ensuring your safety. But their legal obligations go much further than that. It’s worth speaking to a workers compensation lawyer to see if your employer should have done more or provided better insurance for your role. If something goes wrong, it can immediately affect your ability to earn a wage. Chances are it will cost you a fair bit in medical bills, even if your employer was negligent.

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Continuous Training

Don’t become complacent in a job that comes with risks. Even office jobs are high-risk if pressure and stress are part of the role. Self-checks help you stay on top of any problems before they become serious enough to need a day off sick. This includes attending any training seminars, especially if they include safety training and accident prevention. The more you know, and the more competent you are, the better.

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Most of us are aware we need to check the labels for medication. If it says “do not operate heavy machinery” then stay well away from equipment at work. But did you know that a lack of sleep can cause you to be just as drowsy? In fact, if you don’t sleep well, your concentration is affected. This could lead to mistakes and even accidents. If you didn’t sleep last night, let your employer know, so that you can work safely together. This is essential if you drive for a living.

There are many dangerous jobs out there. They require us to be physically fit and mentally focused at all times. There is an obligation on your employer too, though. Protect yourself when you’re working and stay safe.

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