A New Year is approaching, which means that it is time to start looking forward to the future. Hopefully, 2017 will be the safest year ever for workers. Unfortunately, thousands of injuries and fatalities continue to happen every single year, across all industries. Workers and employers can both do their part to try to reduce work injuries so lives are not interrupted by an accident or illness resulting from job duties. If such an accident or illness does occur, a workers’ compensation lawyer can provide help to the victim to try to obtain workers’ comp benefits coverage.
New Years Resolutions for Preventing Atlanta Work Injuries
Both employers and employees can take some steps in 2017 to try to reduce the chances of work injuries occurring. Since New Years is a prime time to make resolutions, employers should think about resolving to:
- Provide adequate training to every worker: Full time, part time, temp and seasonal workers should all be trained on safety practices and protocols.
- Ensure you have all appropriate protective equipment: Protective equipment should be provided to every employee who needs it. The equipment should meet minimum standard set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and should be in good condition. The start of the year is a good time to do an inventory and replace old or damaged equipment.
- Check for workplace hazards. Employers should also do a beginning-of-the-year inventory of the general work environment in order to make certain that there are no obvious hazards or OSHA violations that could up the chances of work injury.
- Make someone accountable for safety: Someone should be in charge of running workplace safety programs and ensuring that worksites are safe. By designating a specific person who is in charge, there is more accountability and things are much less likely to fall through the cracks.
Of course, workers can also make a difference in making workplaces safer. Employees should think about making a New Years resolution to improve their workplace safety by:
- Speaking up if they see violations or potential problems. If your employer is not providing required safety equipment or if there are hazards in your worksite, speak up. You are protected from retaliation for reporting workplace hazards.
- Review training and best practices for safety: You want to make sure you are doing everything possible to be as safe as possible to protect yourself and your coworkers from the possibility of an injury or fatality on-the-job.
Regardless of what workers do, or do not, do, an employee should be entitled to workers’ comp coverage for an injury-at-work unless he was acting in direct violation of clear company policy when an injury happened. If you got hurt while doing your work, you should contact a legal professional to help you understand the options available to you for getting benefits.
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.