Accidents in the workplace happen all the time. They can result in injury, illness, and may even be fatal. Although there is no way to eliminate accidents, many can be prevented. One of the best ways to prevent a workplace injury is with the use of personal protective equipment.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Act, all employers have a common-law duty to provide employees with a workplace free of known health and safety hazards that can result in injury or illness. This includes supplying personal protective equipment.
What is Personal Protective Equipment?
Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is equipment or clothing worn to reduce exposure to hazards on the job. Examples of PPE include gear such as helmets, safety goggles, earplugs, gloves, and steel-toe boots. Certain industries, such as construction, manufacturing, and engineering, carry greater safety risks and this equipment and gear serve as a preventative measure to protect workers from injury.
How to Encourage Workers to Use PPE
OSHA requires the use of PPE to reduce exposure to hazards. Many employers understand it is a valuable safety tool that can have a significant impact on operations. However, employers may find enforcing PPE use difficult. Workers may refuse or resist using equipment or gear because it’s uncomfortable, poorly fitting, unfashionable, or unnecessary since they’ve performed the task several times before and feel like they know what they are doing. By not wearing PPE on the job site, workers are putting themselves and others at risk.
So, how can employers overcome this obstacle and get employees to wear their PPE? The Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP list ways to motivate employees to wear personal protective equipment and gear.
Employers have a duty to safeguard their employees from health and safety risks on the job. If you suffered an injury or a loved one has died in an accident at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. If you were injured in a workplace accident despite not wearing the proper PPE, you may still be entitled to benefits. Speak with an experienced Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Gross & Kenny, LLP today to discuss your situation and determine the best course of action to help you recover the compensation you may be entitled to following a workplace injury. Call us at 267-589-0090 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.