Construction workers are employed in an industry that is generally considered dangerous, due to the conditions, the work being done and the heavy equipment being used by workers. Recently, several Arizona contractors and manufacturers were slapped with fines for failure to adhere to safety regulations. Failure to follow these guidelines by employers could leave an Arizona construction worker at risk for injuries sustained on the job.
After an Arizona resident suffers a workplace injury, there are many questions that may arise. Some may be uncertain as to what rights they have and how they can go about protecting these rights. A workplace accident can have many life-altering effects. A worker may no longer be able to perform his or her duties, resulting in an inability to earn wages. This is why it is of the utmost importance that an employee understands his or her rights.
After an injury occurs on the job, it can be difficult to know what to do next. Knowing the right steps to take following a workplace accident is not always easy. However, equipped with the proper knowledge, it is often possible to navigate the workers' compensation claims process in as painless a way as possible. An experienced attorney may have the knowledge necessary to accomplish this goal.
In Arizona, workplace accidents are often the result of a fall, a mechanical error, employer negligence and other common incidents. In some work environments, such as construction sites, these accidents may be the result of the nature of the work; these jobs require a lot of physicality and movement in hazardous areas. But these accidents are not limited to just one type of work environment. Those working in offices can also fall victim to a slip and fall accident or a malfunctioning piece of equipment. These individuals often have rights under workers' compensation.