Safety Tips From A Workplace Accident Attorney
The Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed by Congress to define the responsibilities employers have to maintain a safe workplace for their employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known as OSHA, was created to enforce government-mandated standards for health and safety for all industries and workplaces in the U.S.
Prevent Accidents By Maintaining A Safe Workplace
Maintaining a safe workplace for employees is a responsibility most companies take very seriously. Encouraging employees to identify potentially unsafe practices and suggest ways to improve worker safety is the foundation of any effective workplace safety program.
There are many ways employees can help maintain a safe workplace and prevent accidents, including:
- Observe all company safety rules and policies
- Identify fire hazards
- Take necessary steps to prevent slips, trips, and falls
- Safely operate all equipment and tools for the tasks they were designed for
- Maintain a clean, uncluttered work area
- Place objects properly on shelves to prevent them from falling off
- Properly store all materials – especially hazardous or dangerous materials
- Regularly inspect equipment and tools
- Properly lift loads to avoid back injuries
- Report unauthorized personnel in the work area
- Report impaired workers
- Treat your coworkers respectfully
- Make sure emergency exits are easily accessible
- Keep first aid kits well stocked
If a worker notices a safety violation or potential workplace hazard they should make their supervisors aware of the problem immediately.
Worker’s Comp May Not Be Enough
A workplace injury can put you out of work and leave you with huge medical bills and other expenses. Employers in Texas are not required by law to carry Workers’ Compensation coverage for their employees, though many do. Unfortunately, payouts on Workers’ Comp claims don’t always cover the total costs of a serious workplace accident. If you or a loved one suffered an injury while on the job, you may be able to recover money for damages beyond what your workers’ compensation benefits provide. We also help with claims against workers’ compensation non-subscribers.
Get The Compensation You Deserve
Workers’ Compensation insurance policies prevent employees from directly suing their employers for damages. However, if your workplace accident injury was caused by the negligence of a third party (someone other than your employer or a fellow employee), you may be able to recover compensation through a third-party liability claim against the at-fault party. These negligent third parties can include property owners, contractors, subcontractors, equipment manufacturers, and anyone else whose negligence results in a workplace accident.
Despite the best safety precautions, workplace accidents happen. At Liggett Law Group, a Lubbock workplace accident attorney is here to see you get the justice you and your loved ones deserve for the pain, suffering, and financial losses caused by a workplace accident. We have successfully represented injured workers throughout Lubbock, Plainview, Littlefield, Buffalo Springs, Abernathy, Slaton, and surrounding communities for over 20 years.
Discuss Your Case With A Lubbock Workplace Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident call us at (855) 955-HURT (4878) or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. An experienced Lubbock workplace accident attorney will carefully review your case and advise a course of action. We offer evening, weekend, in-home, and hospital appointments. Liggett Law Group accepts all workplace injury cases on a contingency basis, which means if we decide to accept your case, you owe us nothing unless you receive a cash award.