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Explosion Protection for People with Disabilities

According to the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), every workplace should have a written plan for responding to an explosion. Naturally, this plan should include instructions for ensuring the safety of workers with any kind of disability. You may want to review your employer’s safety plan to make sure it contains adequate information to help disabled employees.

Safety Tips

Here are some measures that people with disabilities and their employers can take to increase workplace safety:

  • Make sure emergency exits are wheelchair and walker accessible. This includes ensuring that the doorway is wide enough for these devices, in addition to installing a ramp if necessary.
  • Make sure the smoke alarms are effective for deaf people. There are many models of alarm that flash lights as well as emitting a loud sound. This allows them to alert employees who are deaf or blind.
  • Practice your safety plan. Some people may need assistance exiting the building, especially if they have limited mobility. It may be a good idea to designate one or two people who can be in charge of assisting workers with disabilities in an emergency.
  • Contact your local fire department. They will be able to give you more safety information that is specific to your work environment.

If You Have a Disability

If you have a disability that may put you at risk in an emergency, be sure to let your employer know. No one can offer you assistance if they do not know you need it.

If you have been injured because your employer failed to provide adequate protection against explosion injuries despite knowing about your disability, contact Texas explosion lawyers Williams Hart today at 1-800-761-3187.

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