Shipyard accidents happen every year in the United States, all along the coast, but that does not just mean that employers and shipyard workers have to accept the risk. There are things they can do to reduce the chances of an injury. They can protect themselves.

So, what is the best way to prevent these injuries? It’s simple: Workers need to have proper training.

All too often, workers are sent out to do their jobs without clear safety training. They make mistakes and get hurt or injure others. If they would have been trained properly up front, these issues could have been avoided.

Why don’t they get the right training? There are plenty of potential reasons:

  • Employers want to spend time on the job, not training workers to do the job.
  • Employees say that they already have the proper training when they do not.
  • Miscommunication leads people to think that the training was already completed when it actually was not.
  • Workers have to take on unexpected tasks when they were trained to do something else.

In some cases, people just underestimate the dangers. They make assumptions about risk or employee knowledge, and they decide everyone should be safe without taking proper steps to make sure they’re actually safe. We live in a fast-paced world where these types of mistakes are common as people focus on production.

Workers who get hurt in accidents may wish that they had better training, but it’s already too late. They absolutely need to know what rights they have and what legal steps they can take after the incident.

If you have been injured at work, contact the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A. for help. You will find the advice and guidance you need to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and more.