You’re only as safe as the people you work with. Oftentimes, mistakes made by employees can seriously harm not only themselves but other employees. You need to know if those around you are putting you at risk.
One way that this happens is when there is a breakdown in communication. A simple miscommunication issue could have massive ramifications for your health and safety.
How these issues may happen
One way that these issues happen is when not all workers use the same jargon or vocabulary. One electrical worker may think that they made it very clear that the power is still on, for instance, while another believes that the circuit has been turned off. If that employee starts working on a line, a plug or an outlet, they could be injured by live wires that they honestly believed were safe.
Another issue is when messages are passed between workers and do not make it the whole way. For instance, say Worker C has the ability to shut off the power. Worker A is supposed to be actively working on those power lines. Worker A tells Worker B to go tell Worker C to shut the power down and then assumes that it happened. Meanwhile, Worker B gets distracted by another task and never passes the message along. This sounds very simple, but these little oversights put everyone in danger.
Have you been injured on the job?
If you have been injured on the job for any reason, you need to know how to navigate the workers’ comp process to get the compensation that you need at this time. If you’re encountering difficulties with the workers’ compensation claims process, an attorney can help.