Avoidable workplace injuries occur all too frequently, and they may lead to the death of the worker. Even in New York industries that are dangerous, there is a lot that can be done to prevent harm from coming to employees. To help prevent accidents, businesses should ensure that employees use the right equipment and tools for a job, wear protective safety gear when appropriate and attend training classes.
While training employees on how to use tools and equipment required for a job is often an essential part of safety, it’s also critical that organizations stress the importance of using this equipment when necessary. Employees are often injured lifting things that are too heavy or not lifting them appropriately, even though equipment may be nearby that can handle the load.
Related to this, employers should emphasize the importance of wearing safety gear when it is needed. Employees may not feel that they need to don protective eye-wear or gloves if they’re doing something that will only take a few minutes, but it’s important that people understand that safety gear is needed for certain tasks. Having employees attend training classes on safety and the proper use of tools and equipment may also help to reduce the risk of injury.
Workers’ compensation can cover a wide range of injuries and conditions that people develop as a result of their work. These benefits are available to people in most cases regardless of negligence or whether the workplace injury was avoidable, and they can include the provision of medical treatment as well as partial wage replacement. Many injured workers obtain the assistance of an attorney when preparing and submitting the required claim.