Regular readers of our blog know that we have discussed risky occupations at length. From construction workers to those in heavy industry, all workers should remain hyper-vigilant in ensuring they have the proper training and protective gear to help them avoid disaster on the job.
Here are some tips that workers in any occupation can keep in mind and help identify a dangerous work environment. Generally, a work environment can become dangerous in three main categories:
- Unsafe surroundings: This refers to the actual work environment. This can include buildings with inadequate lighting, broken stairs or uneven flooring. Additionally, a jobsite can become hazardous due to the improper storage of chemicals or inadequate ventilation to provide fresh air.
- Poor training: An organization must provide appropriate training and information for all workers. From failing to provide adequate hands-on training to failing to provide instruction manuals and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) that explain the potential hazards in the workplace, managers must be aware of the experience and knowledge of their workers.
- Failure to provide safety gear: Not every job requires personal protective equipment (PPE), but where it is necessary, it must be provided. PPE can include goggles, ear protection, gloves, gauntlets, shoe covers, respirators and leather aprons.
While this is a representative list, it is far from complete. Supervisors and managers must remain attentive to the changing safety needs of their business. From new manufacturing processes to new materials, employees should be made aware of hazards and potential health risks.
If you or a loved one was injured due to employer negligence or inattention, it is important that you discuss your situation with a skilled workers’ compensation attorney.