Signs You Are Working in an Unsafe Environment

Many individuals may not notice potential hazards that are causing an unsafe and unhealthy workplace. Knowing the signs that you are working in an unsafe environment is imperative so that they can be reported and corrected. Not only can being aware help you avoid an injury, developing an illness and continued harassment, but it can benefit the others that you work with as well. Here are some red flags to know:

Overworked Employees

Overworking employees can become extremely dangerous and in some cases, even life-threatening. If you operate heavy machinery or work with various tools and equipment while on the job, it is important to have regular breaks and time off in between each of your shifts. When you are overworked, it is much easier to become overtired or more stressed, leading to the inability to focus on tasks and manage machinery and equipment safely. Workplaces that require employees to work extended hours without time for rest are much more likely to cause accidents and severe injuries.

Lack of Safety Rules

Maintaining safety should always remain as a top priority for employers. If you currently work at a job that requires you to manage electricity, tools, equipment, and heavy machinery, it is imperative to ensure that all safety rules are followed and enforced at all times. A lack of safety rules can lead to injury, illness, and even death depending on your surroundings and the work sites you spend most of your time in each day.

If you are working with harmful and potentially dangerous chemicals you should be provided with the following from your employer:

  • Prevent lung-related diseases or chronic illnesses:
    • Proper gloves
    • Masks
    • Respirators

Safety equipment is necessary if you are working in construction or if you climb on ladders or various areas of buildings each day.
 

  • Safety equipment on construction sites:
    • work belts
    • Wires
    • Clasp
    • Helmets

Hostile Environment

Working in a hostile environment can quickly become uncomfortable if you do not have the support of your employer or a reliable HR team to turn to file a vocal or written complaint. Harassment includes any behavior that is inappropriate for the workplace.

 

Some examples of harassment include:

  • Workplace bullying
  • Isolation
  • Name-calling
  • Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is extremely important to address and eliminate while you are on the job. Without support from your employer or the inability to file a complaint, you may feel trapped and alone, leading to higher stress and reduced productivity. Hostile environments are not healthy and can lead to devastating and long-term emotional damage.

Once you have a clear understanding of what an unsafe work environment looks like, ensure you are only working in locations that are safe and worker conscious. Our Los Angeles employee rights attorneys at ELA are committed to the rights of employees who have been the victim of workplace discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour disputes, and more. Call us at (213) 267-3640 for more information about how we can help.

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