Think you know poor working conditions?

For most of us, there’s usually at least one or two workplace conditions that could be improved in some way. Typically, these aren’t major things. Perhaps there’s only a small coffee pot that isn’t big enough to serve everyone at break times, causing a queue. Perhaps there’s never any handwash in the toilet dispenser. Perhaps the person you sit next to enjoys a varied and smelly diet that means their breath is a daily onslaught of stenches invading your personal space.

In other situations, however, experiences with poor workplace conditions can be slightly more serious, and may end up requiring hospital treatment (for example, cases of mesothelioma are often work related – find a Mesothelioma lawyer).

Let’s look at some of the poor working conditions that you or friends and family may experience where employers do not make the changes to ensure worker safety.

Cramped working conditions

Most of us don’t think of spacing as a working condition, but in cases of some hands-on industries there is a need to fill work-floors and other production areas with workers – and this can mean stepping on each other’s toes (literally). On-site workers from factories to film sets may find that adequate provisions have not been made to ensure worker safety when it comes to spacing.

Poor lighting conditions in the workplace

Many years ago, I once worked in an office with a low ceiling. My team was seated under inappropriately bright spotlights, whereas the members of the accounting team seated just a few metres away were under broken fixings with no bulbs. My team was faced with conditions that were too bright, and my friends in accounting were faced with conditions that were too dark.

Poor lighting can put strain on the eyes, leading to headaches and an eventual trip to the opticians to be measured up and fitted for eyeglasses.

Improper working practices

In most cases, shortcuts make sense. Anybody who has ever used the cut and paste feature across devices knows the value behind not having to type everything out twice. However, all too often we take this attitude towards finding faster ways of doing things into the workplace, and this can spell disaster for health and safety standards. Typically, this kind of hazard is found among procedural work, such as manufacturing.

Non-ergonomic designs

This means that the conditions in which work is intended to take place are not fit for humans. For example, production line workers could find that working heights are inappropriate (not in terms of working high in the air, but simply in terms of bending and stretching to reach the required height to complete tasks).

Poor working conditions can affect anyone, anywhere. Be sure to bring up any issues with your line manager, before the conditions result in injury.

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