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Workers' compensation: The importance of safety

One of the most hazardous careers one can pick is to work in the construction industry. The heavy machinery, dangerous materials and large structures that construction workers work around contribute to the danger they face daily. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) reports that ten percent of construction workers are injured on the job annually, some of which result in workers' compensation claims.

There are some measures a California employer or a manager can implement in order to create safer working conditions. The first step starts when a new employee joins the company by holding orientation meetings focused on the expected safety standards. New recruits can also be kept safe by the implementation of a system where more experienced workers are teamed up with the less experienced newbies.

While it is important to make sure new workers are orientated, the value of reinforcing safety training for more experienced workers should not be negated. Regular safety meetings can decrease risky conduct as safety will be in the minds of all workers. This is particular important when one considers the heights construction workers sometimes have to work at.

Most of the fatalities among construction workers result from falls. It is important for employers to make the required safety equipment available and enforce policies about the use of the equipment. It is also important that equipment is inspected regularly to ensure there is no wear and tear.

It is true that workers carry some responsibility for their own safety, but on the other hand, employers must provide the needed safety equipment and implement policies to ensure worker safety. California construction workers, or the surviving families of deceased workers, may consider filing a workers' compensation claim after a serious workplace injury if they believe employers have may have been negligent. Due to the complexity of these legal matters, consulting a lawyer dedicated to claims arising from workplace injuries may be a good idea.

Source: reliableplant.com, "4 Ways to Ensure Worker Safety", Accessed on Oct. 02, 2017

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