Construction sites and other workplaces in New Jersey come with a pronounced risk for falls. While not the most common work-related incident, falls from an elevated surface can be among the most severe and most expensive. Medical compensation costs can be high as can the cost of replacing dropped tools and equipment. Moreover, employers may have to deal with low morale and a decrease in productivity after a fall.
OSHA says plan, provide and train
Employers should, of course, already be following OSHA guidelines when it comes to fall prevention. It all begins with planning, providing and training. Planning activities like risk assessment before a given job is essential. Next, employers must provide the right equipment, which can range from harnesses to ladders. Then, they should train employees on the right use of that equipment.
Workers must be vigilant
There’s only so much that employers can do, though, as workers are on their own once they ascend the ladder or walk onto the scaffolding. Human error, such as rushing through a job or ignoring the signs of fatigue, can lead to falls even for the best-trained workers. This is where employers must stress the importance of a safety-oriented workplace culture that does not let workers develop a false sense of security and become risk takers.
A lawyer for your workers’ compensation case
Any work-related injury or illness can become the subject of a workers’ comp claim. Workers’ comp benefits can pay wage replacement and cover all medical expenses, among other things, but sometimes, an employer may want to deny payment. This is one reason why you may want to hire legal representation for your case. In this state, you may settle your case even without reaching maximum medical improvement.