By law, all workers are entitled to work in a safe environment. For example, a construction worker working at a significant height should be provided with fall protection equipment, such as a harness. Scaffolding must be properly erected and maintained to prevent collapse or severe falls.
Depending on the type of job, workers should be given personal protective equipment and trained in its proper use. Personal protective equipment includes: goggles, safety vests and helmets, gloves, ear protection, respirators, and fire retardant clothing.
Tow motors, forklifts and other indoor transport vehicles should be equipped with visual and auditory alarms to warn co-workers of the presence of the vehicle in the area and the need to exercise caution. Operators of these vehicles should be properly trained in the operation of the vehicle. An operator can be seriously injured if the vehicle overturns, while co-workers can be injured when they are struck or crushed by an industrial vehicle.
Improperly installed or maintained electrical equipment, lines or outlets can lead to the risk of electrocution, resulting in severe burns and even death.
Too often, issues such as cost control, inadequate training, poor maintenance and rushing to meet deadlines result in shortcuts being taken, which lead to unsafe working conditions.
If you have suffered an injury due to unsafe working conditions, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact us at (216) 348-1800 or fill out our contact form to receive a free case evaluation with one our of Cleveland personal injury lawyers.