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Phones and workplace accidents

| Oct 5, 2018 | workers' compensation

People often realize how dangerous it can be to use a phone while driving. Sadly, many distracted drivers have caused accidents which claimed innocent lives because they were sending a text, reading an email or using their smartphone in some other way. It is important to keep in mind that phone use can also be very dangerous in the workplace, especially in some fields. For example, someone working on a construction site may fail to pay attention to their surroundings and cause an accident because they were distracted by their phone.

In many workplace settings, distractions are problematic for a number of reasons. Not only do they get in the way of productivity, but they can be very dangerous. Some workers use their phones to keep in touch with loved ones while they are on the job or follow their interests even though they are supposed to be working. Regardless of why an employee uses his or her phone on the job, this behavior in unacceptable when it endangers the safety of others.

Unfortunately, phone use and other distractions remain a problem in many workspaces across the U.S. If you were hurt in an accident that was caused by someone else’s carelessness, you should look into the options you may have. For example, you could be able to obtain workers’ compensation to help recover from the incident and legal action may also be a possibility, depending on what took place. Sadly, more workers will have their lives turned on end due to carelessness in the months ahead.

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