A workplace accident may result in severe injuries that limit your ability to work or otherwise live a normal life. Massachusetts employers are generally required to take steps to minimize the risk of a slip, trip or other type of accident taking place on its premises.
Slips and falls are relatively common
Slips, trips and falls can occur for a number of reasons such as wet floors, loose guardrails or a failure to pick items up after they have fallen. Ideally, you will clean spills or pick up items if you believe that they could present a hazard to others. Alternatively, report potential slipping, tripping or falling hazards to someone else who can remedy the issue in a timely manner. If you are working at heights, be sure to wear a harness or use other equipment that can keep you upright while walking or moving several stories off of the ground.
Inadequate training can put workers in danger
If you don’t know how to use a nail gun, a welding torch or a forklift, you’re at an elevated risk of sustaining a workplace accident. For instance, you may accidentally nail your finger or run into another vehicle while driving a forklift. Refraining from using equipment that you aren’t specifically trained or licensed to use will likely prevent a mishap that could have negative impacts on yourself and the company.
If you are hurt at work, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim. Ideally, you’ll do so within 24 hours of being hurt. If your claim is approved, you may receive compensation for medical bills and a percentage of your lost wages.