How Can I Stay Safe When Working Alone?May 1, 2020
Workplace violence affects thousands of employees every year. In 2017, approximately 18,400 workers were injured and over 450 were killed after being physically assaulted at work. Certain industries are more prone to workplace violence, including health care, service providers, and taxi drivers, but it can happen anywhere. Retail employees who work alone are also at a higher risk of workplace violence, particularly those who work late night or early morning shifts when most people are at home or asleep. Workers can avoid being the victim of a violent attack by using common sense and following simple safety tips. If a retail worker is attacked while on the job, he or she may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits.
Safety Tips When Working Alone
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to regularly check up on employees who work alone to ensure that their health and safety is not being threatened. Employers should also recommend that workers take the following precautions in order to remain as safe as possible when working alone:
- Before going to work, let your employer, friend, and/or family know where you will be and the length of your shift.
- Greet every customer as they enter the store. Be sure to make eye contact with customers so they know that you see them. Keep an eye on any customers who appear suspicious, or who make you feel uneasy or unsafe.
- Post signs on or near the entrance informing customers that there is only a small amount of cash in the register. Bank runs should be done during regular business hours, and when there is more than one employee working.
- Avoid taking the garbage out when working alone at night, particularly if the garbage bin is in a dimly lit area.
- If there are multiple entries or exits, keep them locked at night, except for the main entrance.
- Emergency phone numbers should be posted in a convenient location, and the building security system should include a one-touch emergency button that the employee can press if he or she is in danger.
- Do not take any unnecessary risks when you are working alone. This could put you in more danger than doing nothing and waiting for help to arrive.
- Trust your instincts. If something does not feel right, or you think you might be in danger, call for help.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Workplace Violence
If you were assaulted on the job, and you were working alone at the time, you may be eligible to collect Workers’ Compensation benefits. The Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton understand how traumatic it is to be the victim of violence when you were simply trying to do your job. Our skilled legal team will ensure that you receive the maximum financial benefits you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online. Located in Baltimore, we serve clients throughout Maryland.