Negligent Supervision On The Construction Site
While it’s no secret that construction sites are some of the most dangerous workplaces in America, countless injuries can be prevented each year, if only there was adequate supervision on the job site. If you’re working at a job site with negligent supervision, you know just how dangerous it can be. Whether you have a boss that’s never around or who hires poorly trained and unqualified workers, negligent supervision can spell trouble at the job site. If you think negligent supervision was a factor in your injury accident at the construction site, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your injury claim and potential lawsuit. You could be laid up and out of work for an extended period of time.
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All construction site supervisors owe their workers a reasonable duty of care. The jobsite should be safe. Employees should be qualified and properly trained, and the job should be adequately monitored to ensure the safety of all workers. Without adequate oversight, workers can be put into dangerous and preventable situations. If managers or supervisors are cutting corners and not properly monitoring the job site, lives can be put at risk. At the very least, workers are owed a reasonable duty of care at their job sites. Construction sites are dangerous enough without adding the element of inadequate supervision to the mix.
What Does Appropriate Supervision Look Like?
Safe, appropriate and adequate supervision on the job site is apparent when everything is running like a well-oiled machine. When you have a good supervisor, you have faith that you’re in a safe working environment. Good supervisors hire qualified workers and train them to transition smoothly and safely into their positions at the construction site. Instruction is given on how to perform their jobs and use tools and machinery safely. A good supervisor regularly checks and inspects the job site for safety and compliance. Additionally, a supervisor immediately stops and corrects any unsafe working conditions. Keeping the job site safe is the top priority for a good supervisor.
Types of Negligent Supervision
- Failing to supervise employees around dangerous or volatile chemicals
- Ignoring threats of violence
- Inadequate instruction for employees
- Failing to address sexual harassment
- Inadequate supervision around tools and machinery
- Allowing intoxicated or untrained workers to operate heavy machinery
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Have adequate and appropriate supervision around heavy equipment and tools is absolutely essential for a safe job site. This means supervisors must ensure all workers are qualified, properly trained, and in some cases, certified or licensed, when using or operating pieces of heavy machinery. Additionally, all employees in the vicinity of the equipment need to have the appropriate training to stay safe. Finally, all work zones involving heavy machinery need to be carefully supervised and inspected to ensure safety for everybody in the area. Where heavy equipment is involved, the stakes are high.
Costs Associated With an On-The-Job Injury
In addition to expensive medical bills, there are a variety of other costs associated with on-the-job injuries that nobody thinks of until it happens to them. Sure, we all know there is going to be initial medical bills, but what about long term physical therapy and rehabilitation costs? How long is your recovery going to take? Will you need homecare too? What if one of your loved ones has to quit working to take care of you? Since you’re not working, you’re not able to keep up with everyday bills either, and what about the true cost of pain and suffering, especially for injuries that result in disfigurement or chronic pain.
Injuries From Negligent Supervision on The Job Site
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Struck by object
- Back over and crush injuries
- Equipment accidents
- Heat stroke
- Eye injuries
- Hearing damage
- Toxin exposure
- Respiratory disease
- Trench collapses
Injuries caused by negligent supervision on the job site are totally and completely preventable. If you were injured, and you suspect negligent supervision was a factor, you need to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer who has proven construction accident case experience as soon as possible. Cases are time sensitive, so the sooner you get in touch with a lawyer about your injury claim, the better. You could be out of work and in the hospital for who knows how long. Let an attorney be your advocate and fight to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a construction site accident in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for an immediate free case consultation.