There is no shortage of news stories about construction site accidents and, here in the Atlanta area, there is no exception. With the growth rate in the greater Atlanta area, construction is booming. The employees who work so hard to construct these new buildings – office buildings, condos, retail establishments, etc. – put in long hours and often work in less-than-ideal conditions. Many times the conditions are not only less-than-ideal, but dangerous. When dangerous conditions exist, accidents are bound to happen. Fortunately, sometimes the accidents do not result in any injuries, such as in this news story about a crane collapse at an apartment-style high rise construction site that occurred recently in the Buckhead area.
Employers Can and Should Help Their Employees Find Ways to Prevent Workplace Accidents
Employers, who are held liable for injuries suffered as a result of workplace accidents, have an obvious incentive to strive for prevention of these types of incidents. A good way for employers to work towards the goal of an accident-free workplace is to set up best practices for their employees to follow. Arbill, a workplace safety organization, notes that requiring employees to follow several best practices can help to prevent workplace accidents. Arbill’s recommended practices to keep the workplace safe include the following:
- Take your time to do the job right. When a job is rushed, it is more likely that an accident will occur. Do not take shortcuts in the work – follow the instructions, be diligent, and remain aware of your surroundings. If work instructions are unclear, ask questions and get answers. Being comfortable and familiar with procedures before starting work helps to prevent accidents.
- Be sure any company vehicle you operate is in good working order. Check brake lights, turn signals, tire pressure/quality, and the amount of gas in the tank.
- Dress for the weather. Whether you are working indoors or outdoors, you may be exposed to extreme weather that impacts your health. If working in cold weather, wear layers, be sure to keep the areas of your body that are most susceptible to frostbite covered, and keep a change of clothes at work in case you get wet. In extreme heat, take frequent breaks and drink enough water to stay hydrated.
- Make use of personal protective equipment such as goggles and face protection, gloves, hard hats, safety shoes, and ear protection. Wear the equipment properly to maximize protection.
- Keep the workplace neat. The messier the work site, the more likely it is that hazardous conditions could be overlooked. Keep things orderly, clean up messy conditions promptly, and make it known if a dangerous condition exists.
What If an Accident Occurs Despite Everyone’s Prevention Efforts?
Even when everyone works together to keep a workplace safe, accidents can and will still occur. If you have been injured on the job, contact the Bader Law Firm, LLC . Our attorneys will work with you to help you know what the best way to proceed is based on your individual circumstances. We are able to guide you through the often tricky legal issues associated with workers’ compensation patiently and compassionately. Contact us online or call today for a free consultation to discuss how we may help you.