Do You Work on a Construction Site? A Little Common Sense Goes a Long Way
All construction workers should wear hats, protective clothing and goggles when they are in dangerous work zones. It’s the responsibility of the property owner or general contractor to make sure proper safety precautions are in place – including gear and equipment. Furthermore, the company in charge of the job should consistently check to make sure that the safety gear is up to code and well-maintained. Clearly, a harness without all the necessary straps is no good to someone using scaffolding.
That all being said, construction workers have a responsibility to themselves and their co-workers to keep their eyes open on the job. “See Something, Say Something” makes sense for more than just criminal behavior on a subway. Anytime someone sees something that doesn’t look right needs to report it. Gut feelings are usually on course.
- Bring safety problem to the management’s attention. You are the one benefiting from the safety equipment and procedures. While your boss will have to provide Workers’ Comp benefits, that won’t be so comforting when you are laying in a hospital bed.
- Keep an eye out for co-workers who cut corners. It may feel like it’s not your job to babysit other workers. And, you are right; it’s not. However, people who tend to take shortcuts generally pay less attention to safety issues. On a construction site, someone else’s negligence can be an accident waiting for you.
- Similarly, be a good coworker. If you are the guy who tends to cut corners, consider your team members. Set a good example. If you drop something, pick it up. If you see a spill, clean it up. Not only is it good teamwork to be safety conscious, but there’s also a bit of karma in the mix. Do unto others and all….
If you do get injured on a construction site, you can’t sue your employer. You can, however, file a third party claim against another party that contributed to your accident. At the same time, you will be able to file for Workers’ Compensation benefits to cover medical bills, replacement pay and more.
Contact the experienced personal injury and Workers’ Comp lawyers at the Altman Law Firm for a free consultation about your injury.