Failure to Train Employees
In construction, plant, refinery and other industrial work settings, employees can be easily injured or even killed without proper training. Still, failure to train employees results in various Texas workplace injuries each year. There are many reasons why these situations occur even with the knowledge of the dangers and risks of improper or insufficient training.
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What is a “Failure to Train Employees?”
Proper employee training is important across many industries to protect employee and customer/client safety. Lack of adequate training in industrial settings is very dangerous due to the nature of the work and the equipment used. The employer must ensure employees are trained on:
- General safety procedures in the workplace;
- Using workplace equipment safely; and
- What to do in case of an accident or emergency.
In addition, every employee should know who to go to if they have important safety questions or concerns. When training is rushed, skipped, or incomplete, the risk of employee injury increases.
Injuries as a Result of Inadequate or Incomplete Training
Many workplace accidents and injuries occur when employees do not use equipment correctly because they were not trained on how to safely use the equipment. Depending on the job and the site, misuse of equipment can cause severe injury to the operator and other coworkers.
Common injuries resulting from a failure to train employees include:
- Broken, fractured, or sprained bones, muscles, and ligaments
- Crushed limbs or body parts
- Organ damage or failure
- Brain and spine injuries
- Eye damage and blindness
Injuries depend on the equipment, the employee, and the job site, but the risk is there no matter the situation when an untrained employee is involved.
Is My Employer Responsible for Proper Training?
The short answer is yes, an employer is responsible for training their employees for their protection as outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other regulations. Every industry has unique safe workplace guidelines and important training components. Overlooking or ignoring safety and training constitutes actionable negligence.
Employees may not be familiar with all the laws and guidelines their employer must follow in regard to employee training and safety, especially if they have not been properly trained. A workplace injury attorney is very helpful in these situations, as they are well versed in the applicable laws and can help determine whether or not your employer is responsible for your workplace accident.
Houston Workplace Injury Help from an Experienced Law Firm
In the event of workplace injuries, you may be wondering what step to take next or how to recover workplace accident-related expenses. This is where The Law Offices of Richard J. Plezia & Associates can help. Our workplace injury attorneys handle your case for you so you can focus on recovering.
We fight for fair compensation for all of our clients and diligently pursue what is owed to them. Call us today for a free consultation at 1-800-428-1852 or visit our workplace accident FAQs to learn more.