A recent industrial accident in Linden is a reminder of the importance of safety on the job. The man’s clothing got caught in a machine, and the man was pulled into the machine, suffering injuries to his head and arm. While workplace accidents do happen, what you wear can make a difference.
- Wear the appropriate clothing for the job. While some jobs require a specific uniform or have a certain dress code, other jobs have less rules about clothing. Some clothes, though, can cause a safety issue. For example, baggy clothes are more likely to get caught in things, shorts and a short-sleeved shirt can result in injuries when working around chemicals or in areas where you could get cut or scraped by something, and too tight of clothing can cause problems when working in a job where you need a lot of movement.
- Where eye protection if needed. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2000 workers in the United States have job-related eye injuries each day. About a third of them are treated in emergency rooms, and about a 100 of them have injuries resulting in at least one day of lost work. This includes small particles hitting the person in the eye, larger objects striking the eye, and even chemical burns to the person’s eye. Unfortunately, sometimes this results in permanent loss of vision for the person. Simply wearing goggles or other eye protective gear can often prevent these injuries.
- To prevent hearing loss, you may also need to wear earplugs. When working around heavy machinery or loud music, you will slowly start to lose your hearing. While many work-related injuries are the result of one event, hearing loss is generally something gradual. You may not notice it until one day you have trouble hearing something that was once easy to hear.
Of course, it is also important to wear other safety gear specific to your job. Hard hats, gloves, and other gear might be necessary. If you or a family member was injured on the job or if a family member died in a work-related accident, a New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer can help you. Contact us for a free consultation.