Weather can often be unpredictable, so people need to prepare for extreme weather in order to prevent accidents and injuries. In Lubbock, extreme weather can include hail, tornados, dangerous droughts, and more. As we get closer to a hot Texas summer, it is important for employers to ensure all employees are properly educated about preventing wildfires and are informed about safety procedures should a wildfire start.
All Employers Must Have Emergency Action Plans
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to have emergency action plans (EAPs) in the event of a workplace emergency. This includes evacuation procedures, responsibilities of employees to provide aid, and notification of the emergency, among others. In addition to writing out procedures in an EAP, employers are responsible for ensuring all employees are familiar with and trained on the plans.
Wildfire Safety Tips
There are a variety of ways wildfires can start, and reckless people cause many of today’s wildfires. Those who work outside – like construction workers – are particularly at risk for experiencing injuries from wildfires.
To help prevent wildfires at work, follow these Texas wildfire safety tips:
- Remove combustible materials. Some chemicals and products could be prone to catching fire in certain circumstances, so making sure these products are stored safely will reduce fire risks.
- Watch the sparks. If you work outside and rely on tools that can create sparks, you need to make sure the sparks don’t land on dry vegetation.
- Dispose of cigarettes responsibly. Cigarette butts are a leading cause of wildfires, so they need to be disposed of properly.
- Remove dried vegetation. Landscape foliage like dried leaves and bushes are a huge fire risk. If you are working around dried vegetation, remove it from your worksite.
- Keep an eye on weather conditions. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) monitor weather conditions and send out warnings when the risk of wildfires increases.
Lubbock Workplace Accident Attorneys
When employers fail to explain emergency action plans to employees, they are putting their workers at an additional risk of harm on the job. If you were injured in a Lubbock workplace accident, the attorneys at Liggett Law Group can help. We can analyze your situation and help determine who is at fault. Call us today for a free consultation to review your case.