Safety authorities say many workplace accidents nationwide, including California, happen as the result of unsafe practices rather than hazardous work environments. Fortunately, the state-regulated workers' compensation program is a no-fault system that pays benefits regardless of who was at fault. So even if a worker makes a mistake that causes an injury, he or she will likely still be eligible for insurance benefits.
Some of the common mistakes workers make include taking shortcuts what increases the injury risks. Complacency and overconfidence often develop after years of doing the same job, and it could lead to using improper tools, work methods and more. Mental distractions, such as focusing on personal problems rather than focusing on the task to be done, could pose additional hazards.
Employers play an essential role in keeping workers safe. They must ensure that jobs are pre-planned and that employees receive proper safety training and detailed instructions before starting a job. Employers must instill safety cultures and make sure that employees comply with safety standards. The same goes for the monitoring of the use of personal protective equipment. The use of such protection must not be optional.
If a worker in California suffers a workplace injury, it is crucial to report the injury to the employer or supervisor immediately after receiving the necessary medical treatment. The next step would be to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. This could be a daunting process for an injured worker, but an experienced attorney can assist with the benefits claims process to obtain financial assistance.