When you go to work at a job that requires you to use hand tools, we know that you take steps to stay safe when using them. However, your employer also has a responsibility to ensure your safety. The construction industry is a high-risk industry when it comes to worker injuries and employers need to be vigilant.
At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, we understand that there are workers of varying experience on every job site and that sometimes incidents are going to happen. However, employers should be held responsible for certain injuries caused by tools, especially if there was a lack of training. When you need a San Diego construction accident attorney, you can count on us to secure the compensation you deserve.
WHAT OSHA SAYS
When we look at the handbook regarding hand and portable tools that OSHA has put out, we can see that they have five safety rules that apply to both employers and workers:
- Keep all tools in good condition and regularly maintained
- Use the correct tool for the job at hand
- Inspect each tool for damage before each use and do not use damaged tools
- Only use the tools in the way the directions say to use them
- Provide and use the proper safety equipment necessary for the tool use
The handbook goes on to list the many hazards that workers face when those five rules are not followed. There are any number of traumatic injuries that can be caused by hand tools:
- Severe lacerations
- Broken bones
- Crush injuries
- Puncture Wounds
It is important for employers to keep in mind that there are often experienced workers and inexperienced ones together on the same job site. That is why there should always be safety training updates for all employees, especially if new tools are being introduced or of safety standards have changed.
If you work in construction, then you know that there are often third-party contractors working alongside company employees. Often, these third-party workers are not required to follow the same safety standards. Because of this, they could create an unsafe working environment for regular employees.
You can collect workers compensation insurance and also file a claim against the third party for personal injuries if their negligence has caused you harm.
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW
If you have been injured in a tool mishap at your construction job and you think your employer or a third party is to blame, seek legal assistance. At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, we will work diligently to investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve for all of your incident-related expenses. This can include:
- Coverage of your medical costs
- Lost income and benefits if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages
Even if workers’ compensation is covering some of your expenses, you may be eligible for more. When you need a San Diego construction accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by calling at 619-296-5884.