Workers get injured year in and year out, in part because they buy into workplace safety myths that make their lives more dangerous. You want to make sure that you always have accurate information and that you never let these myths push you into mistakes or a false sense of security.
To get started, here are a few of the most common myths you need to avoid:
- Office workers don't get hurt. The truth is that they absolutely can. They may not face the same exact risks as physical laborers, but they definitely can get injured in slip-and-fall accidents, wiring accidents, technology-related incidents, and much more.
- You always have to do what your boss says. You don't. If your boss instructs you do to something you believe in good faith to be dangerous, you can decline the request. You may also be able to ask for a safety inspection. You do not have to put yourself in danger.
- Older workers get hurt, not younger ones. Young people often think that being in great physical shape will protect them from injury, but the truth is that inexperience actually leads to a lot of injuries and accidents. Workers can get hurt at any age.
Avoiding these myths can help you understand the risks and stay safe, but it's no guarantee that you will not suffer an on-the-job injury. Your employer may create an unsafe working environment. Another worker may make mistakes that cause you injury. You can only control so much. If you get hurt, make sure you know what rights you have in Colorado.