America’s blue-collar workers understand the importance of their jobs. Blue-collar work conditions are typically more difficult to endure than other types of work environments. Unfortunately, some employers tend to make the jobs even more intolerable by not giving necessary breaks, not accounting for high heat, or not following proper safety measures to ensure the workers’ health and well being. If you suffer from poor work conditions that lead to sickness or injury, you can seek legal recourse to cover your damages and lost wages.
Safety Measures Your Employer Should Follow to Reduce Risk of Blue-Collar Work Injuries or Illness
- Encourage workers to stay alert if the job is repetitive or redundant in nature. Injuries can occur when workers master a skill and begin to disregard potential danger.
- Reduce fatigue by allowing workers to take regular breaks. Long hours and less-than-ideal conditions can wear a person down quickly. A tired worker is more likely to suffer an injury.
- Provide safety gear necessary for the job. Ensure all safety gear is in good condition.
- Offer training sessions on how to remain safe on the job. Maintain safety protocol at all times.
- Allow for water breaks if employees are working in high temperatures. Provide shade and cold rags for workers to be able to get out of the heat and sun for short periods.
- Supply all necessary equipment for proper handling of all dangerous chemicals.
Employees Need to Advocate for Safe Conditions for Blue-Collar Positions
If you perform a job in strenuous or dangerous conditions, you need to be an advocate for safety for yourself and your co-workers. Know your company’s policies and ensure your supervisor is following the proper protocol to reduce the risk of injury or illness.
Personal Injury Claims in Addition to Workers Compensation
Unfortunately, an injury on the job can inflict more than just physical pain. You may not be able to return to work for a long period, or you may not be capable of performing the same type of work. Even if you collect worker’s compensation, you may suffer financial hardship caused by your injury.
If you have suffered an injury or illness, and you believe your employer has not offered fair and safe conditions for your blue-collar position, you need to contact Bryan Caulfield. For a free and immediate consultation with Tampa product injury lawyer Bryan Caulfield, call him at 1-800-535-2529 or contact Bryan online. You only pay a fee once Bryan has won your case. If no recovery is made, you owe nothing.