Unsafe Acts and Workers’ Compensation
As I mentioned in my last post, the number one most common on-the-job injury
is unsafe acts
. This can be taking a shortcut (trying to save time or effort), failing to wear personal protective equipment, standing on the top rung of a ladder, running through the workplace, not putting the right guard in place on a piece of equipment and other similar acts. “Unsafe acts
” are not due to faulty equipment, wet floors or some other external factor but is committed by the injured worker
or co-worker. By varying from the accepted or legislated safe practice, one is creating a hazard to himself, a co-worker or equipment. It happens all too often and is the top cause of on-the-job injuries
Reasons for committing unsafe acts
may be that one feels hurried or rushed to produce, they believe production is more valued in the workplace than safety.
It’s important to recognize that under North Carolina workers comp law
, an worker is still entitled to workers’ comp benefits
even if he was injured as the result of his own unsafe acts. Of course, if a worker is injured
through the negligence of another person’s unsafe acts
, especially those committed by another company’s employee, the worker may be entitled to workers’ comp
and a negligence case against the at-fault parties.
If you have been injured on the job
—whether the cause is an unsafe act
or not—it is in your best interest to consult an attorney
, and to do so as soon as possible after the workplace accident
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