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Written by attorney R. Michael Bomberger | Dec 28, 2011

Improper Training in California Construction Accidents

One of the most common and preventable causes of construction accidents arise from improper training. This may mean improper training of the employees or the supervisors working on the construction site.

Improper Training of Construction Workers

In all aspects of construction work, it is important for employees to know how to properly operate large machinery and dangerous tools, as well as how to safely conduct themselves. Improper or insufficient training may expose workers to avoidable hazards and cause them to take unnecessary risks. A construction worker can be exposed to numerous hazards involving:

  • Live electrical wires
  • Large machinery
  • Welding accidents
  • Heights exceeding four feet
  • Trenches and open pits

Forklift Accidents

An example of the dangers of improper training can be seen in the large number of accidents associated with forklifts. Forklifts have become an indispensible tool at construction sites, warehouses, and distribution plants. It is also amongst the most frequently misused heavy machinery in workplaces. Overloading cargo, unstable loads, or misusing the forklift as a human lift are all common causes of ** forklift accidents** that can result in serious injury to the operator, but also nearby workers.

Improper Training of Superintendents

Improper training inevitably results in superintendent negligence, as the he or she will not know what and how hazards must be addressed. As a manager entrusted with the task of overseeing the day-to-day operations identifying potential dangers is a necessary skill contingent on training as well as training. A lack of knowledge of construction codes and engineering principals may result in unsafe design and construction of scaffolds, electrical wiring, and trenching. An undue emphasis on cost cutting may lead to use of inferior products, rushing projects, and hasty inspection of finished work. A ** negligent superintendent** may become responsible for causing serious injuries like:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Brain injury
  • Loss of limb
  • Severe burns
  • Electrical injuries
  • Wrongful death

Securing Your Rightful Compensation

When a poor training results in accidents, construction workers may find some financial assistance under worker’s compensation. However, when worker’s compensation benefits are insufficient to cover the total damages incurred by a construction accident, seriously injured workers may be eligible to file a third party suit and recover additional compensation. While a suit cannot be filed against the employer, a skilled California construction accident attorney will be able to help you identify a third party who may be held liable for their wrongful conduct that contributed to your construction accident.

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