July 5, 2019

Construction Accidents Due to Improper Training

Proper training in any company enables employees to work safely and efficiently. Accidents happen, but it is the employer’s job to mitigate any risk and to provide medical benefits if workers are injured. In such a scenario, a construction accident attorney at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. is especially useful, and it’s important to know who you can turn to if an accident occurred. Below are some examples of accidents that may entitle you to compensation and legal help.

Lifting

Many accidents occur due to improper lifting technique. This can result in pulled leg or back muscles, or it can cause more severe injury, especially if the lifted object is heavy. To prevent injuries and strains, employers should educate employees on protocol such as frequent short breaks and proper form.

If improper lifting results in long-term injury, you may want to look into services provided by social security disability lawyers or a workers compensation attorney at our law firm.

Falling

Falling from height often results in injury. Since you are entitled by law to a safe workplace, your employer is required to provide training to ensure you can work safely at height. They are also required to provide protocols and tools to keep you safe. Depending on the situation, you should have access to harnesses, tethers, anchors, and safe lifts, as required.

If a fall on the job results in injury for you, you may want to look into help from a construction accident attorney. Our law firm has successfully dealt with a variety of construction worker injuries, including falls resulting in head trauma.

Tripping

While hazards abound in everyday life, construction employers need to mitigate risks for everyday hazards. There are many areas where employees might be moving quickly or lifting objects that obscure their feet. Just one person tripping over an object on the job could result in serious injury or harm to one or more construction workers. All employees should, therefore, receive proper training on risk mitigation.

Slipping

Ice or water on the ground, slick construction materials, or unevenly placed ladders can all be the result of improper training and poor workplace management. Slipping may result in broken limbs, head injury, bruises, cuts, lacerations, etc.

It’s important for everyone on the job to be thoroughly trained so that the jobsite is always monitored to ensure safe working surface and good conditions. One person getting hurt on the job increases the risk of injury to others in the vicinity, including other employees. This makes good housekeeping practice and extensive training especially important.

Overexertion

Overexertion, or working past the body’s ability to use safe technique and the human mind’s ability to pay attention to risk, can result in a variety of injuries.

Construction employees should know their rights. They not only have a right to breaks and a safe work environment, but they also have a right to information on the best working techniques in order to avoid overexertion.

Employers, managers, and foremen, in turn, have a responsibility to provide and facilitate breaks as needed and to make sure everyone on the jobsite is receiving the rest they need to work safely and efficiently. Remember, unsafe is inefficient, and safety and efficiently mean more jobs get done more quickly.

A Note on Safe Workplaces

You are entitled by law to a safe workplace, and you are deserving of medical and legal support whenever necessary. Simultaneously, remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Encourage employee-employer accountability and educate yourself on company protocol. Call out unsafe behavior and thank people who go the extra mile to keep others safe. Above all, take care of yourself and remain aware of your rights. If you require legal help, Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. can provide support. Call our law firm at 1-866-MICH-LAW (1-866-642-4529) for a free case evaluation.

Tim is a writer and editor who earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maryland and calls Washington, D.C., home after spending most of his adult life in the country’s capital. Although Tim spent most of his post-college years in the restaurant industry, he became interested in writing about legal matters after he recently moved to Colombia. Today, Tim writes professionally about medical malpractice, drug policies, and workplace injuries. Tim is focused on curating his freelancing career and plans to work remotely for as long he can.

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