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Know Who’s On the Floor

September 16, 2015 Workers' Compensation

Among the many ways that companies can reduce work accidents, decrease liability and keep everyone safe on the work site, one is to accurately identify levels of access and assess the roles and responsibilities of everyone who enters the physical workspace. This may seem like a small detail, but it actually works effectively to the lower the chances that someone will be injured on the job — and there are many reasons for companies to invest in more of this kind of scrutiny and supervision.

Below are some situations where “identity and access management” for a physical workspace can help.

Rookies and New Hires

It’s always critically important to make sure that everyone has adequate training and preparation before they venture out onto a job site.

In some cases, it’s tempting for team leaders or others to “give somebody a chance” and just let them try out various types of work roles before they’ve gone through the full training and orientation process.

This is particularly true if there is a staffing crunch. For example, if someone is out and a new hire is available to take their place, he or she may take over duties that are “out of the norm” for the individual.

However, this is a time when major mistakes can happen and injuries can result. Each and every person entrusted with tools and materials in a workspace needs to go through appropriate procedures and training to alert them to potential safety hazards, as well as how to use work resources safely.

Returning Workers

Some who have worked their way up through a company get nostalgic about the “organized chaos” of the actual work floor and accordingly, they come back for a visit. However, this can also have extremely serious consequences.

In many cases, the workflow process has changed. The tools and materials may also have changed or the person who left the floor has been gone so long that he or she has forgotten a lot of the training that was originally part of the process. No matter what physical industry it is, having people come back onto the floor without current training can increase liability.

Site Visitors

Whether it’s suppliers, vendors, third-party staffing services representatives or anyone else not fully qualified to walk into the workspace each day, site visitors also need to be supervised and observed. Many of them will not have the experience and mindset to identify some of the dangers involved in the physical work process, such as caustic chemicals, moving equipment parts, airborne materials or the flow of work vehicles.

After an Accident

Injury attorneys get involved when a company experiences an unfortunate workplace accident and loses its former status of “X days without injury.” These legal professionals look at the full details of the case with knowledge of federal, state, and local law, as well as case precedent to determine whether any negligence or inattention to safety processes requires a third party to pay compensation to the victim. Injury lawyers do this to protect their clients’ best interests and make sure they gain access to all of their legal options in a court of law.

Call a New York City Workers’ Compensation Law Firm as Soon as Possible

If you or someone in your family experienced a work injury in New York City or the state of New York, Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff can help. Our experienced workplace injury attorneys will help you move forward with a personal injury case. We’ll look at the best ways to pursue compensation for lost wages, medical bills and more. Let us help you get justice after a work accident.