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Making chemical plants safe places to work

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2017 | Workers' Compensation

Chemicals may pose several safety hazards to New Jersey workers in industrial plants. Both chemical burns as well as inhalation of chemical fumes are common causes for injuries in chemical plants. Workers may also suffer injuries related to slipping or falling or overexerting themselves. However, there are ways that employers may reduce the odds that a worker suffers an injury that could be costly to the company.

For the most part, errors occur because of complacency and a lack of training. In some cases, a lack of training may lead to shortcuts that may compromise the safety of an employee. Failing to maintain equipment may lead to an injury when the machine malfunctions or when a worker gets hurt trying to fix it. Improper training is another common reason why workers get hurt while working in a chemical plant.

Therefore, one of the easiest ways to prevent injuries is to create a comprehensive training plan that everyone should take part in. Ideally, workers will learn how to identify and properly handle hazardous chemicals. They should also be taught how to use fall protection equipment as well as how to identify any safety issues that they may encounter while on the job.

Those who are injured on the job may wish to file for workers’ compensation benefits. They may help a worker recoup some of his or her lost wages while also paying for any medical bills related to the injury. This may make it easier to recover fully in a timely manner. If a claim is rejected, it may be worthwhile to consult with an attorney. Legal counsel may be able to help with the appeal process.