California is a tech giant. Home of Silicon Valley and countless tech-startup companies, working in the tech industry is commonplace.
While the tech industry is considered relatively safe for workers (especially compared to construction and farming), injuries may still occur. If you are injured on the job, you will likely be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits; however, depending on the severity of the injury, it may diminish your ability to continue contributing to this field.
The best way to stay focused on your job and make moves in the tech sector is to know how to stay safe and avoid on-the-job injuries.
Take breaks when engaging in repetitive tasks
A common injury for tech workers is repetitive stress injuries. This occurs if you repeatedly do the same motion or activity for an extended period. You can reduce the potential of injuries by taking breaks, stretching the muscles being used and changing tasks frequently.
Keep your work area clean
Some of the greatest minds in history were messy and unorganized. While this may be true, you should put effort into keeping your work area clean and clutter-free. Many slip, trip and fall accidents occur because items are strewn about. Be sure to keep your area clean and watch for clutter and hazards as you make your way through the office or business.
Don’t try to work through the pain
If you are injured, don’t return to work the next day engaging in the same activities. You must give your body time to heal to ensure you do not make the injury worse or cause other issues.
Collecting workers’ compensation
If you are injured while on the job, you have rights. Collecting workers’ compensation benefits can be challenging, so it is best to learn what the law says and what benefits you are entitled to.