Chemical plant workers in New Jersey and throughout the country may face a variety of hazards on the job. Employers have a responsibility to do as much as they can to identify and mitigate these risks. For instance, having safety equipment is only worthwhile if that equipment is properly maintained. Failure to do so could result in a malfunction or other unexpected issue that could cause negative consequences for an employer and employee.
It is also critical to provide workers with an adequate amount of training. Ideally, workers will be trained on how to use equipment and what to do in the event of an emergency. Furthermore, they should be trained in how to safely load and unload items being used in the plant. By providing adequate training, employees will be less likely to take shortcuts or otherwise go against protocol and make mistakes.
The loading and unloading of a product should take place in a designated location that’s fitted with proper safety equipment. Taking this step can reduce the risk of a person falling and getting seriously injured. In addition to falls, steps should be taken to guard against chemical burns or inhaling chemicals that workers could be exposed to. Overexertion and lacerations are other commonly occurring injuries in this type of working environment.
If a worker is hurt on the job, he or she could be entitled to repayment of medical expenses incurred related to that injury. This may include the cost of medication to control symptoms, physical therapy or surgery. A worker might also be entitled to a portion of his or her wages while out of work. An attorney can help an injured worker pursue and receive these benefits from an employer in a timely manner.