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Why employers should embrace new standard

| Apr 22, 2019 | Workers' Compensation |

It is not uncommon for companies to see OSHA standards as little more than a collection of rules that they must comply with. Employers in Virginia and elsewhere who buy into the NFPA 70E standard may benefit in a variety of ways. It is intended to help prevent electrical injuries on the job while also helping to get work done in a timely manner. This is because it emphasizes the benefits of thinking about hazards before starting a job.

It also requires employers to create a plan before beginning a task. This means that there is less of a chance that a job will be interrupted because a worker doesn’t have the proper tools or protective gear. It may also minimize the chances of forgetting a key drawing or realizing in the middle of a task that the ladder isn’t tall enough to do a job safely.

When this happens, it is often necessary to cover the job site and then uncover it after getting the proper supplies. All of this takes time that could be better spent working on other tasks that could help the company make money. It may also result in workers deciding to make unsafe decisions that could result in a significant injury.

Those who are injured on the job are generally entitled to compensation for their injuries. The workers’ compensation system typically allows a person to file a claim for medical bills and lost wages related to an accident. An attorney might help a person file the claim or answer any questions that he or she may have about the case. If necessary, an attorney may take steps to ensure that an employer or an insurance provider is working to process a claim in a timely manner.