When accidents occur on the job, it is natural for everyone to start pointing fingers and trying to displace blame. Employers will want to blame employees for not performing their job duties correctly and say that those factors caused the accident. Employees will want to blame employers for not providing safe working conditions or the proper tools and say that caused the accident. Regardless of the finger pointing, the fact is that safety is everyone’s responsibility – employers have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment and workers have the responsibility to perform their work safely.
Hazards, Hazards Everywhere
No matter what industry, workplace hazards exist. There are certainly varying levels of danger and some hazards are easier to fix than others. Hazards typically fall within four main categories:
- Physical hazards: These are the most common and exist in most workplaces at any given time. Some common types of physical hazards may include spills, frayed cords, ladder work, loud noises, and tripping hazards.
- Ergonomic hazards: These may not be as easily recognizable as physical hazards, as they often do not cause immediate harm. Examples would include inadequate lighting or workstations and repetitive lifting – things that put a strain on your body over time.
- Chemical hazards: These exist during exposure to chemicals in any form – fumes from cleaning products, carbon monoxide, and gas, to name a few.
- Biological hazards: These are the hazards associated with working with biological agents such as blood, viruses, animal and bird droppings, and other types of potentially dangerous compounds produced by people, animals, or plants.
Concerns Over CDC’s Safety Practices
Focusing on this last category – biological hazards – perhaps one of the best examples of the type of employer that absolutely needs to be focused on this category may be the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Considering the kinds of extremely dangerous substances its employees handle on a regular basis, this agency needs to place an even higher emphasis on safe working conditions in this context, yet a recent report indicated that the agency’s own safety advisors had various concerns about its practices. Their concerns included those of inadequate training, a lack of commitment towards safety, and a common thread of fear among staff about reporting accidents. According to the report, the agency acknowledged the safety advisors’ concerns and has begun to take steps to make progress towards improvement, which is good news for those who work for the CDC, as well as their families.
Contact the Bader Law Firm, LLC, With All Your Workers’ Compensation Concerns
Regardless of what industry you work in, you are going to face hazardous conditions of one kind or another at some time. Many employers do a good job at keeping the workplace a safe environment, despite the hazards that might be present. However, even when the best safety measures are in place, accidents will still occur. When they do, you need to know your rights. Your employer is required to provide workers’ compensation coverage and, depending upon your circumstances, this may allow you to collect benefits such as money for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. The legal professionals at Bader Law Firm, LLC can provide you with experienced-backed advice about what you are entitled to and how to get it. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, contact us today – allow us to help you make a full recovery.