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What Is Considered Employer Negligence?

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Regardless of your vocation or your place of work, your employer is legally required to provide you with a workplace that is as safe as possible. When an employer fails to take the necessary precautions to maintain a safe work environment, they are acting negligently. An employer can be held liable for failing to keep their workplace safe if an employee is injured due to their carelessness. Our Houston work accident lawyers have put together examples of what is considered employer negligence.

Common Forms of Employer Negligence

The term “negligence” is used to describe a person or entity that failed to act reasonably, given the circumstance. Negligence is when a person fails to take action or takes incorrect action. A common form of employer negligence occurs during the hiring process. Employers are responsible for screen individuals during the hiring process to determine if they pose a threat of injury to fellow employees, members of the public, or the workplace in general. If they hire a person with a criminal record that harms others on the job, the employer can be held liable.

Another example of employer negligence is the failure of training. If an employer fails to use reasonable care in training and supervising employees, they can be held liable if a worker is injured on the job. For example, if factory workers are required to use heavy machinery, but the employer fails to adequately train workers how to use them safely, they can be held responsible if a worker is injured while using the machine inaccurately.

An employer can also be acting negligently if they don’t maintain a safe working environment. If they fail to add the necessary safety precautions, add railings on stairs, and lower the risk of workplace injuries, they could face serious liability issues.

If you were injured because of your employer’s negligent behavior, you are entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. Contact our Houston work accident attorneys today at (888) 273-1045 to schedule a consultation!

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