Does an Employer Have a Duty to Train Employees?
In addition to providing employees with the right equipment for the job, employers have a duty to provide training to the employee on the proper use of the equipment. Whether you work in a restaurant, factory, construction job industrial setting, or other workplaces, there are always hazards posed by improper use of equipment. Failure to train employees properly is negligence by the employer.
What are Common Accidents From Failure to Train?
Some of the common failure to train accidents we see are:
- injuries on saws, jigs, and other cutting equipment,
- accidents from heavy equipment operation,
- electrocution from not following Lockout/Tagout procedures, and;
- injuries from lifting improperly.
Saws and cutting tools are an obvious potential danger. Often they come with safety instructions that may never get to the employees who wind up operating them. It is the employer’s duty to make sure all safety devices such as guards and goggles are used while dangerous machinery is in operation. Instructing employees on these items and how to use the equipment properly is critical to the safety of employees.
Accidents Around Heavy Equipment
Another common source of injury for the worker is heavy equipment operation. Injury from improper operation of forklifts, hoists, and construction vehicles is not uncommon in Houston. Heavy equipment typically requires a specific license with specific training to operate. Sometimes employers cut costs by failing to check for these things. Even when the driver is properly licensed, sometimes employers fail to train other workers in the area on how to work safely around such equipment.
Lockout/Tagout refers to the procedures required by OSHA when securing areas or pipes that may be unsafe to enter or open when certain switches are on or valves are open. Employers have a duty to ensure the OSHA rules are followed and that all employees receive proper training on following lockout/Tagout procedures after they access restricted areas. Failure to do so can result in serious injuries including chemical exposure, burns, scarring, and disfigurement.
At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., we take failure to train cases seriously. The safety of our labor force depends upon the implementation of safe practices and procedures to make sure all employees are aware of what needs to be done. One of our work injury attorneys in Houston, TX can discuss your injury with you and help you understand your rights. The consultation is always free and you do not pay us a dime unless we make a recovery for you. Call (713) 932-0777.