Failure to Ensure Workplace Safety
Employers are required to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety and health of their workers in the workplace. Unfortunately, many employers fail to do so, which often results in preventable injuries that can leave a worker disabled or dead.
An employer has a responsibility to ensure that the worker is safe in the workplace. For instance, all work procedures must be well-established in a properly coordinated manner to ensure safety. All employees must be trained to follow the correct work procedures. Unfortunately, employers often scrimp on training which results in workers failing to wear protection gear or bypassing certain work procedures with possibly disastrous consequences.
Examples of employer negligence can include:
- Failure to maintain machinery, equipment, and tools in a good condition
- Failure to provide personal protective equipment to workers
- Failure to train workers to use personal protective equipment safely
- Failure to provide an adequate amount of personal protective equipment
- Failure to train workers about identifying and avoiding workplace hazards
- Failure to conduct regular safety drills and fire drills that educate workers about the right procedures to follow during an emergency
- Failure to maintain ladders properly
- Failure to provide guardrails, railings, and other fall-prevention aids
- Failure to provide safeguards for tools
- Failure to eliminate fall hazards like slippery floors and badly illuminated stairwells
Employers Must Provide a Safe Workplace
Employers should have a written code of health and safety rules and regulations in the workplace. Posters containing these codes should be placed in prominent areas where they are easily visible to all workers. Workers should be informed about all of these codes and regulations, and new workers should undergo an orientation program where an introduction to the health and safety policies of the company is made a special priority.
All machinery and tools should be subjected to regular maintenance and servicing, and a defective or malfunctioning piece of equipment should be placed aside and out of use until it is repaired. Workers should be provided personal protection equipment and should have access to safeguards for machinery.
Peter Ventura is a Massachusetts workplace injury lawyer dedicated to representing injured workers in the Massachusetts area and helping them recover compensation for their injuries.