Working in construction, manufacturing or mining in California can be very satisfying work. It also brings with it the risk of injury. However, people engaged in such industries would like to believe that their employers have concern for their safety and exercise certain precautions in order to protect their employees from workplace accidents.
In a recent report, it was found that nearly a third of workplace accidents are a result of construction falls. There are steps that employees can take to protect themselves. There are also steps companies can take to prevent their employees.
Companies should have written policies in place and should ensure that employees are familiar with those policies. Equipment should be properly maintained. Workers should be trained to properly use and inspect scaffolding and other elevated surfaces.
Employees should familiarize themselves with the safety procedures in place at their company. Workers should also make use of available safety harnesses, hard hats and other safety equipment. Preventing workplace accidents is in everyone's best interest.
In spite of a person's or a company's best efforts in California, workplace accidents may still occur. If a person is injured in a workplace accident, he or she may benefit from consulting with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer. A conversation with a knowledgeable attorney can assist a person with determining whether or not he or she has a viable workers' compensation claim. The attorney can also assist in helping to determine the best legal path to follow. A successful claim can help to replace lost wages, cover medical expenses and help with other costs.
Source: claimsjournal.com, "Nearly a Third of Workers' Comp Claim Payments Due to Construction Falls", May 4, 2018