Debunking Workplace Safety Myths

July 7, 2022
By Glauber Berenson Vego

There are many misconceptions associated with safety in the workplace. Some of these myths can be counterproductive and don’t offer robust solutions for workers at risk for an accident. It is important to eliminate these myths to help keep workers safe on the job. In this blog, we will discuss some of the most common workplace safety myths floating around, and we will provide information on how to eliminate them and stay safe on the job.

Workplace Safety Myths: What You Need to Know

Myth #1: “Workplaces are generally safe places to be.”

While safety should always be an organization’s priority, oftentimes, things can slip through the cracks, resulting in a worker getting seriously injured. The reality is that accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. Even if your workplace has strict safety protocols in place, there’s always a risk of something going wrong. It’s essential to be aware of your surroundings, recognize potential hazards, and follow safety procedures, training, and education to help keep you safe on the job.

Myth #2: “Accidents can be avoided.”

This is one of the most dangerous workplace safety myths because it is a definitive statement that can often be misleading for workers. As you know, accidents can happen at anyone, at any time, regardless of how careful you are. At the end of the day, humans are capable of making mistakes, especially on the job where workers do not have complete control over their working conditions and safety systems.

Myth #3: “OSHA regulations are too burdensome.”

Some employers believe that complying with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations is too expensive and time-consuming. However, the cost of not complying can be much greater. OSHA fines start at $13,260 per violation, and serious violations can result in even higher penalties. In addition, a company that fails to comply with OSHA regulations can be placed on the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP), which carries additional consequences. The truth is that the more an organization invests in safety, the likelihood of an accident decreases. Following safety protocols and regulations mitigates potential hazards and creates a safer work environment.

Myth #4: Only certain types of workplaces are dangerous.

While it’s true that some workplaces are more dangerous than others, any job sitehas the potential to be hazardous. Even an office job can present risks, such as trips and falls, carpal tunnel syndrome, and eye strain. It’s important to be aware of the potential hazards in your workplace and to take precautions to avoid them.

Myth #5: My employer will take care of me if I’m injured.

This is another workplace safety myth. Your employer is not required to take care of you if you’re injured on the job. In fact, many employers are more concerned about their bottom line than they are about their employees. While your employer may have insurance that will cover some of your medical expenses, it’s important to know that workers’ compensation is a separate system. Workers’ compensation is a state-mandated program that provides benefits to employees who are injured on the job, regardless of fault.

These are only a few workplace safety misconceptions. To eliminate these myths, it’s essential to be more cognizant of occupational safety in the workplace. Workers are entitled to perform their job duties and functions in a safe working environment. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and as a result, workplace accidents can occur.

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Glauber Berenson Vego has helped injured workers and their families in Glendale, Pasadena, Downey, and throughout the San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, and Greater Los Angeles Area for more than 30 years. Suffering from a workplace injury can be a traumatic experience. Our goal is not only to help you navigate the system and recover the benefits you are owed but also to assist you in accessing treatment to recover and get back on your feet.

If you’ve been injured on the job due to a workplace accident, our experienced attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 626-605-2450 to schedule a free consultation.