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Lack of safety training can lead to workplace injuries

On Behalf of | May 11, 2018 | Workers' Compensation

Workplace safety is one of the most important topics every company should have with its employees. Workers must be reminded often how important it is for them to follow all safety policies and procedures in place and to wear the right protective gear. There are times when accidents will still happen even when workers take the proper precautions. But, a lack of safety training can lead to workplace injuries that can be avoided.

One of the biggest mistakes involving a lack of training occurs when new employees are not supervised correctly. This can be very dangerous when the new employees are hired to perform dangerous tasks or to work in a dangerous area of the company. They should have proper supervision so they are not at risk for injury.

Another mistake occurs when employees are not provided with an explanation of the risks associated with their job. A great example of this situation is when new construction workers are not warned of electrocution hazards, fall hazards and other dangerous hazards.

Employees should be provided with proper safety gear when working dangerous jobs. When an employee is not properly outfitted for their dangerous job they are at risk to suffer an injury. Some safety gear includes helmets, goggles, boots, gloves, earplugs and more.

When employers fail to keep accurate records of their employees it could lead to safety issues. For example, every single employee should have a personnel file at their job. This should include certifications and documentation regarding their individual training and qualifications.

Employees injured on the job have a right to file a claim for workers’ compensation so they can still pay the bills and earn somewhat of a living while out of work in Louisiana.