In August, construction was completed on the first new refinery that was built in the United States in almost four decades. The construction finished without any workplace injuries leading to lost time from work. Considering this type of construction is extremely labor-intensive and carries significant risks, the fact that all workplace injuries were avoided was lauded by Safety BLR. The company who oversaw construction was asked about their secret for preventing injuries in an industry that accounts for as many as 20 percent of worker deaths throughout the United States, and the company shared its “Five E’s” of workplace safety.
Every employer in construction and in every field has an obligation to follow safety rules and try to create a safe workspace. Employers also must purchase workers’ compensation insurance to cover costs and losses just in case injuries happen anyway. If you or someone you love was hurt or killed on-the-job, you may have a workers’ comp claim regardless of negligence and even in situations where employers had safety policies in effect. An Atlanta work accident lawyer can help you to explore your options for making a benefits claim.
What are the Five E’s of Preventing Atlanta Work Injuries and Fatalities?
The Five E’s of preventing work injuries and fatalities in Atlanta include:
- Expectations: Before projects get underway, employers need to set the tone for ensuring safety. Establishing expectations necessitates conducting a job safety analysis, developing emergency procedures, and assigning stop work authority. Safety representatives should be chosen and trained to help establish an overall focus on best practices for injury avoidance.
- Education: All personnel working should be trained on safety terminology and basic safety principles. Specific training should be provided for high-risk jobs like scaffold use and excavation work.
- Empowerment: Employees should be given the right tools for the job, should be encouraged to share ideas about improving safety, and should benefit from effective and strong safety leadership.
- Evaluation: Behavioral observation can help to evaluate the effectiveness of safety processes in the workplace. If good safe behavior is seen, workers should be rewarded. If risky behavior is identified, it can be corrected immediately. All possible causes of injury, including near-miss accidents, should be investigated.
- Enforcement: Safety rules should always be enforced. It is best to try to make sure workers are following the rules without imposing blame or going negative, but the most important thing is making sure every employee is following safety precautions at all times.
Companies can adopt these Five E’s or can develop their own protocol to try to prevent accidents, but every business should have some safety plan in place. It is the job of an employer to create a safe worksite, and employers must ensure they are giving their workers the tools needed for success.
If something does go wrong, employers and their insurers should take responsibility and pay workers’ compensation benefits without causing problems for workers. Unfortunately, this does not always occur and sometimes legitimate claims are denied or benefits are not paid in full. An experienced attorney can provide invaluable assistance when a worker is not given the benefits he deserves after an on-the-job injury.
Parsons & Associates, P.C. is an Atlanta workers’ compensation law firm serving Atlanta, Savannah, and surrounding areas throughout Fulton County. Contact Parsons & Associates, P.C. today at 770-422-9000 or contact us online if you have been injured at work.