On dangerous job sites, managers are legally obligated to put precautions in place to reduce the risk that the workers on the job site, but some companies do not follow these required precautions. Even for the companies that do, accidents still happen. There are steps you will need to take to make sure that you can avoid putting yourself in danger and so that you'll have an easier time when you seek compensation for your injuries.
Make Sure You're Okay
You may want to help others involved in the accident but only do so if you are okay yourself and able to help without injuring yourself. If there is a piece of machinery still running that is placing your coworker in danger, make sure that it is shut off or give someone else instructions to do so. If anyone needs emergency medical treatment, such as if they need CPR and you're licensed to provide it, offer the necessary medical treatment.
If You Have Minor Injuries
If you have minor injuries, speak to the supervisor about them. You'll want your employer to be informed about the potential problems that might arise so that nobody else is injured. For example, if a piece of machinery is defective and needs to be serviced or replaced, you will want to make sure that your supervisor is informed about this.
If You Have Serious Injuries
If your injuries are severe, wait until help arrives and go to the hospital. Receiving treatment for your injuries is essential because you will want to make sure that your injuries do not get worse and you will also want to make sure that you have documentation that can ensure that you are able to prove that your injuries were the result of the event that occurred on the job site and to also prove that your medical bills were as high as you claim they are.
Make sure to remember everything that occurred that lead up to the accident. If there are any safety violations, they might play a role in your legal case.
Tell your employer about the injury especially if you are covered under a workers' compensation insurance provider. Then, you can begin the process of seeking compensation for your injuries. You'll also want to speak with a job site attorney to make sure that you do not make any mistakes that might reduce your odds of receiving the compensation you deserve. Find a job site accident lawyer near you today.