There are a lot of different ways to think about workplace safety, but professional worker's compensation lawyers understand a lot of the nuts and bolts of keeping workers safe, and what happens when these types of things are ignored. If you're someone with responsibility for a workplace, or an injury victim looking for insight on claims, take a look at these vital types of workplace safety that lawyers will look for after an accident.
Think of the workplace as a place where employers use various "levels" of worker protection in conjunction with one another. If one of these fails, others may succeed in preventing injury. Altogether, they greatly reduce the chances that someone will have their lives changed by a tragic workplace accident and that the company will need to start paying out on injury claims.
Safe Site Practices
In a lot of senses, safety starts with safe site practices. That means looking at the physical sight and seeing whether the tell-tale signs of danger there. Are floors, ladders and scaffolding adequately supported, or are there dangerous uneven pathways and places where workers could fall? Are materials neatly stacked for access or piled in front of entrances and exits? Are tools and equipment housed where they are supposed to be or protruding from shelves or lying on the floor?
The Role of Personal Protection Equipment
Another critical safety level involves personal protective equipment or PPE. These items are there to provide another type of safeguard for workers -- for example, if you do run into something, but you have a helmet or hard hat on, you'll probably be okay. If you do come into contact with a sharp surface, and you have the right kind of industrial gloves, the injury may successfully be prevented. That's how PPE adds a vital level of safety and why the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA requires these types of resources on many kinds of jobs.
Adequate training is also extremely important. It's not hard to imagine how a well-trained professional can avoid injury, even when some of these other safeguards are not present. Fully trained professionals know how to work around equipment and machinery. They know how to assess a site for themselves, what to do, and what not to do, to decrease the chances of an accident.
Yes, management is another level at which safety can be provided. Good management offers a calm, even work environment. It does not foster the kinds of 'hurry up' atmospheres that tend to create or contribute to workplace accidents. By taking their time, workers can work smarter, not harder, and avoid the massive problems that come with an industrial injury, including an immediate drop in productivity.
Think about how all of these things work in tandem to protect both a company and its front-line workers. For more information on reducing your potential liability for a worker's injury or to get compensation for an injury sustained at work, contact a workers compensation lawyer from a firm like Locklin & Mordhorst.Share