By law, employers owe a duty of care to their employees. This means they are responsible to provide adequate safety equipment and training to ensure their employees stay safe on the job. If they fail to train their employees, and an injury occurs, they may be held liable in court.
Training may involve a number of factors, including, but not limited to:
- How to operate machinery or equipment
- What safety protocols are in place in case of emergency
- How to use the safety equipment provided during certain activities
- Where to stand in order to avoid getting hit by moving machines or objects
- How to load cargo and use forklifts safely
Employees who are expected to do their job without having the proper training are put at risk for injuries or death. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA), electrocutions, falls from heights, being struck by objects, and being crushed by machinery are common workplace incidents that often have fatal results. Employers must provide the proper training, instruction, and education to employees. They must also provide adequate work breaks, as well as the materials and equipment necessary to complete the work activities in a safe and effective manner.
If you were injured in an on-the-job accident because you didn’t have the proper training, you can file an inadequate training injury lawsuit against your employer to hold him or her responsible. Federal and state employment laws protect the rights and safety of workers. Depending on the situation, your injuries may be severe, requiring long-term and expensive medical treatment and therapy. Broken bones, lacerations, accidental amputations, back injuries, chemical burns, and electric shocks are common injuries resulting from inadequate training. It is important to hold your employer accountable for failing to uphold your safety.
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At The Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC, we are committed to providing compassionate and effective representation to our clients. If you were injured because of your employer’s negligence, our team of Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyers can file the necessary paperwork on your behalf. We will investigate the situation to determine your employer’s negligence. From start to finish, our team will answer your questions and personally walk you through the process as you seek justice for your injuries.
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