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Stay safe by avoiding these common workplace accidents

Getting hurt at work is probably the last thing on your mind, but it does happen. Even in relatively safe workplaces, accidents have been known to occur because of simple mistakes or shortcuts. Here are a few of the most common causes of workplace accidents.s:

1. Taking shortcuts can lead to danger.

Shortcuts, whether you're skipping your safety equipment or forgoing the use of a safety belt, can endanger you and your co-workers. They directly increase your risk of injury, so it's important to always follow the protocols you've been given.

2. Failing to maintain equipment is a dangerous action.

Equipment breaks down. The only way to get around the possibility of injuries is to make sure you always look over equipment before it's used and repair or replace parts that are worn or broken. Thinking that a stripped screw will hold out for one more job might be tempting, but it will become a regret if it breaks and leads to an injury or death.

3. Distractions create unnecessary hazards.

Distractions, which include things like looking at text messages, using a cell phone while working or even goofing around with coworkers, can make your job less safe. It's always important to pay attention on the job to to stay aware of what's going on around you.

These are just a few tips to keep in mind when you're at work. If you do get hurt because a person was distracted or not following safety protocols, you should be entitled to workers' compensation, which will cover medical bills and other expenses.

Source: Safety Partners, LTD, "7 Most Common Causes of Workplace Accidents," accessed Nov. 24, 2016

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