High risk working areas can be found all over the world. Mines, industry, even restaurants and bakeries can be seen as high risk due to the heavy machinery that can mangle limbs and burn skin. There are various ways you can mitigate the threat to you and your team in these places by managing your health and managing the area in which you work. If you take a care then high risk areas can be a joy to work in just like anywhere else. If you do all you can to keep safe you can have peace of mind, knowing everything else is out of your control.
Wear The Correct Equipment
If you’re working in a slippage area, where water or other liquids are often strewn across the floor then you should wear the right footwear. It can stop you taking a nasty fall and banging your head. It also shows you’re doing your all to stop any potential fall by wearing them and if something bad does happen you are showing you took relevant precautions. The same is said of any job where you need to carry heavy equipment. You can easily drop it on your foot, breaking a toe and keeping you out of work for months. Wear steel toe cap boots. These can protect your feet no matter what you drop on them. Gloves are also a must when going in and out of hot areas or to protect your hands from spark damage, just like goggles would be when welding. The equipment is there to keep you safe so use it.
Have Medical Insurance
When you’re working in high risk there is certainly a risk to your health, that’s why it is named as such. If an accident does happen you want the best care and to be treated as soon as possible which of course means being back on your feet and in work sooner. Take out medical insurance and ensure you use the best places of recovery such as a Highgate Private Hospital. Depending on the care needed you’ll likely receive surgery far quicker than a normal hospital. It can also cover you for extended periods away from work when you recover. Although your employer will pay for a while, they may stop after a certain point. Leaving you needing to supplement the income from somewhere else.
Have A Conversation With Supervisors
If something isn’t right then tell someone about it. Your supervisors and managers have a duty of care they should try to follow and provide you with the care you deserve. If machinery isn’t working as it should, causing problems, or people aren’t following the correct procedures you need to tell people because otherwise someone, including yourself, could get hurt. It may sound pedantic, but being able to complain is far better than watching one of your friends get seriously injured. Check the machines every so often and inspect them for issues which could affect productivity and make them unstable. If there’s an issue, raise your concern at the nearest opportunity.