Water safety for workers: Things to think about

Depending on your profession, you may find yourself working in close proximity to water. While this may not appear to be a big deal, you need to realize that there are many safety tips you can follow.

Here are some of the many hazards to think about:

  • Working over water. If you work over water, such as on a bridge, the proper safety equipment must be in place. A fall to the water below can lead to serious injury or even death.
  • Working alongside water. There are many types of professionals who work alongside water, such as those in the landscaping industry. Make sure you protect against a situation in which you accidentally end up in the water, such as if a tractor tips over.
  • Engulfment. If heavy rain quickly moves into the area, sudden engulfment may be a concern. It's important to protect against this by keeping an eye on the weather forecast.
  • Electrocution. As you probably know, water and electricity don't mix well. If you're going to be working on any type of electrical project, make sure that you're not wet and there is no risk of water being introduced to the worksite.

These are some of the many ways water can lead to injury or death on a job site.

If you are injured as the result of a water accident, you should do whatever it takes to receive immediate medical attention. This may mean relying on your coworkers to call for help.

Once you receive treatment, you may find that you are unable to make an immediate return to your job. In this case, you'll want to learn more about filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits.

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