Construction site owners in Tennessee have a duty to protect their workers, and while some may meet all the relevant federal standards, there is always room for improvement. Those unsure where to start should consider the following steps.
It all begins with awareness. OSHA has plenty of safety checklists out there that can help construction managers and workers identify the risks that come with a given job. The second step is to regularly train workers on safety. Employers should have it where the workers can practice safety training skills on-site.
The third step is to make sure employees know what to expect each day and can communicate with one another through walkie-talkies or other devices. Fourthly, workers should be equipped with the proper protective gear. Other things that employers should provide include water and shaded rest areas. Next, the workers should have a supervisor over them. Construction companies are expected to have the proper licensing and certification for whatever they undertake. This, along with documenting all work, can mitigate any legal actions pursued against the company. Employers are to be transparent; covering up incidents is never good. The company should encourage innovation when it comes to developing safety practices. Employers should vocally support any legislation that proposes to improve safety.
These steps will not necessarily ensure an injury-free work zone. Those who are injured can file a workers’ compensation claim, but they may face opposition from their employer.. Whatever the nature of their case, victims may want a lawyer to assist with the filing and help throughout all stages of the process.