Because of the nature of the work, metal fabrication shops are filled with dangers and potential accidents for workers who must work with hot metals and heavy machinery and be exposed to toxic chemicals and other harmful substances. While some workplace accidents are caused by worker inattentiveness, many are caused by employers failing to implement safety procedures. Unfortunately, employees are the ones who are harmed when they suffer amputations, hearing loss, vision loss, serious respiratory problems, and death.
5 Ways Employers Could Prevent Deadly Metal Fabrication Accidents
Strict safety procedures are essential in preventing accidents in metal fabrication shops. Some of the ways employers could and should prevent accidents include:
- Proper training. Workers need specialized training in working with the machinery, chemicals, and sheet metals they use and regular reminders of the safety measures they need to follow to prevent accidents. Periodic seminars can be extremely helpful in constantly reminding everyone of the safety practices they need to adhere to.
- Protective gear. Metal fabrication workers must be provided with appropriate protective gear like protective goggles, ear guards, and respirators to stop preventable accidents from happening.
- Correct use of machinery. Many accidents involving forklifts and cranes could be avoided if workers were trained in their proper use and were reminded of the importance of being conscious of fellow employees working around these heavy machines.
- Proper ventilation. Given all the harmful chemicals metal fabricators work around, it is essential that work areas be ventilated properly to avoid workers from inhaling or otherwise being exposed to dangerous toxic substances that could cause them to suffer life-long respiratory problems.
- Proper tools. Workers must be trained to select the right tools for the job. Even more importantly, employers must maintain and repair tools and regularly replace them with safer, more ergonomic models as they become available.
Were you injured in a fabrication accident? Was a family member killed? Even if your employer opted out of providing workers’ compensation benefits, you could be entitled to compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and more. Call us at (817) 380-4888 to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options.