On December 14, an Odessa man was killed in an industrial accident in Midland when a crane, which was unloading counter weights from the man’s 18-wheeler, tipped over and fell on him. Because accidents on the job can lead to serious injury or death, we want to provide you with some tips for safety when working around dangerous equipment.
- Avoid unsafe practices or shortcuts. This may include skipping a step to get a job done faster. It could include failing to wear your hard hat or safety goggles in an area with dangerous equipment. It could be simply trying to complete a task faster than usual or trying to lift a heavy object without a coworker’s help. While you may not get hurt the first time, or even the second or third time you do this, taking shortcuts to try to complete a task faster will likely eventually lead to an injury.
- Know how to use the equipment properly. Do not attempt to use something such as a crane or a forklift if you have not been properly trained. Even if it looks easy, training is essential for your safety as well as the safety of those around you.
- Keep a safe distance when someone is using power tools, warehouse equipment, construction vehicles, or other equipment which could be dangerous. Assume something could fall or fly off the equipment, that the person operating it may not see you, or that something else could go wrong, resulting in injury or death.
- When using heavy machinery, watch for others and keep their safety, as well as your own safety in mind. Stop using equipment if someone comes too close or is not wearing the proper protective gear.
- When needed, be sure to wear your own protective gear, including goggles, hard hats, gloves, and other materials.
If you were injured on the job or a family member was hurt or killed while working, an Odessa workers’ compensation attorney can help. Contact us to discuss the specifics of your case with a qualified attorney.