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How to keep remote workers safe

Some North Carolina employees work in remote areas with minimal or no supervision. While many crane operators or electricians may be highly trained and skilled at their craft, it is generally a good idea for employers to have a safety plan. For most workers, this may involve checking in with supervisors or others to talk about potential hazards or otherwise confirm that all is well on the remote job site.

Employers should make employee safety a priority because they could be cited by OSHA for failing to have a safety plan. Ideally, companies will train workers to take time to review a job site for hazards. If a hazard is found, employees should further assess the situation or ask for help before proceeding. Employers should also document their safety plan even if they rely on or trust their workers to stay safe on their own.

Under OSHA standards, employers must have an accident prevention program as well as teach employees how to recognize risks on the job. Employers may meet these obligations through a safety plan or documenting that workers have gone through safety training. Companies may also establish rules as to how workers are assigned to tasks. This may be especially helpful when assigning a worker to a jobthat he or she may have little experience with.

Most people who have been injured on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In many cases, they are offered on a temporary basis and offer an injured worker the opportunity to recoup a portion of his or her lost wages. Benefits can also include the payment or reimbursement of medical expenses.

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