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Spotting root hazards at work

When workers in Connecticut clock in for the day, they expect to be greeted with a safe environment. However, workplace hazards can exist in any job. Knowing how to identify the core or root hazards in one's place of work can do wonders when it comes to preventative actions to avoid accidents.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a segment on hazard identification which can be used by workers of all types. This includes a lot of prep work like collecting information on known hazards, and inspecting the workplace in full to identify health hazards or other possible accident sources. Once these issues have been identified, it's then possible to create plans to circumvent them.

There are also plenty of lists focusing on common workplace hazards, like the Safety and Health Magazine's list of seven common hazards that can lead to injury. Some of these issues just come along with the territory of a job, such as forklifts or working at tall heights. Others, like extension cords or general clutter, are preventable hazards. Improper preparation or a lack of correct teaching on how to handle dangerous situations ranks in the same category.

Workers should take their health and safety and work seriously, whether they're in an industry job handling heavy chemicals every day or an office worker who risks repetitive stress injury. Know the risks that are unique to one's own job and know how to minimize those risks and dangers, or spot them when they begin to emerge.

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