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Keeping workers safe in Virginia chemical plants

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2017 | Workers' Compensation

Chemical plants can be very dangerous for workers, and some of the most common accidents include everything from chemical burns to scrapes and cuts. The best way to help keep employees safe is for employers to determine the most frequent causes of accidents and work to keep accidents from happening.

The majority of accidents in chemical factories are avoidable; the most common causes are human error, lack of sufficient training for employees and equipment that is not properly maintained. Human error can result from employees not paying attention to potential dangers due to having grown complacent.

In addition to accidents resulting from employees failing to follow safety guidelines, workers may also not follow guidelines because they are not aware of them or their importance due to lack of proper training. Finally, it is essential that equipment be in good condition and not in need of repairs. If equipment isn’t checked and maintained regularly, accidents and failure become much more likely. When lack of proper training, attention or working equipment cause accidents, workers may suffer chemical burns, inhale dangerous chemicals or injure themselves falling.

If someone is injured on the job, they may be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation is available to employees in any industry, and it provides people with coverage of medical costs and a percentage of lost wages even if an employer wasn’t negligent. In addition to payments for lost wages, people may also be able to obtain settlements if they suffer a disability. A lawyer could explain how these benefits work and help someone determine the amount of compensation they may be able to receive.