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Using convex mirrors to increase workplace safety

For Pennsylvania workers who work on loading docks, in fulfillment warehouses or around heavy machinery, near misses and close calls can be common. However, it also common for some to suffer serious injuries due to running into each other. Even near misses can also result in serious injuries if employees are carrying chemicals, products or production items and they drop them.

Although warehouses and loading docks often have safety equipment and procedures to help prevent injuries, safety mirrors and domes can also be used to prevent collisions. These safety mirrors are usually weatherproof, shatter-resistant and can be customized to fit the work space. However, choosing the right convex mirrors can be difficult as employers have to take into considerations the traffic flow, how the warehouse aisles intersect, the surfaces the mirrors will be mounted to and other safety needs the workplace has.

Even so, these safety mirrors provide additional visual protection for employees. Strategic placement of these convex mirrors allow workers to check their blind spots when their visibility is low. Further, employers can install 90-degree domes, 180-degree domes and 360-degree domes, all of which provide different views around blind corners. Other domes with handles and wheels can also be used by employees to check under vehicles or up on high shelving units.

In busy warehouses, there are instances where production speed and performance is more heavily focused on than safety. When safety is not the focus, employees may be more likely to suffer serious injuries while trying to complete their tasks quickly. If a workplace injury does occur, the injured employee may be entitled to seek workers' compensation benefits to cover the cost of medical care and a portion of the wages lost during the recovery period. An attorney can often assist with the preparation and filing of the required claim documentation.

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