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Supervisors are the key to safety on construction sites

Construction workers in Connecticut and throughout the nation may face a variety of hazards while on the job. Therefore, it is important to have a safety plan that mitigates as many different ones as possible. According to a report from Dodge Data & Analytics, 73% of respondents said that supervisors were responsible for training their workers. Furthermore, 83% of respondents said that supervisors that had strong safety skills were one of the pillars of a good safety plan.

The other elements of a quality safety plan included worker participation, safety meetings with workers and ongoing training for both supervisors and workers. Regular safety audits, safety meetings at the corporate level and dedicated safety staff were also considered to be important. The Dodge survey revealed that workers should be a larger part of the safety planning process. It also found that small employers could benefit by having training programs available for all employees and subcontractors.

A small contractor is one that has fewer than 20 employees on its payroll. Contractors were also less likely to use online training tools than they were in 2017. This was in spite of the fact that many who took part in the study said that they planned to use online training courses more often in the future.

Individuals who are injured on the job may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. This is typically true if they are classified as employees as opposed to independent contractors. Those who are eligible for benefits may receive a portion of their lost wages as well as payment of any medical bills related to their workplace injuries. An attorney can often assist with the filing of the required claim documentation.

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