It can be exciting to start a new job – especially if you think you like what you’ll be doing.
Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen on the very first day or week – and it’s probably a much more common scenario than most people realize.
Why new hires are uniquely vulnerable to on-the-job accidents and injuries
An injury right when you’re starting at a new workplace can be disheartening and distressing – particularly if you don’t understand your rights. Bear in mind that you’re entitled to workers’ compensation benefits even if it’s your very first day on the job, and it does not matter whether your employer was negligent or not.
Here’s why accidents happen to new employees:
- Lack of experience: New hires typically lack experience with the specific hazards and risks associated with their jobs. Inexperienced workers are more likely to make mistakes or overlook potential dangers.
- Unfamiliarity with the workplace: New employees may not be familiar with the layout of the workplace, emergency procedures or the requirements for safety equipment, all of which can increase their risks.
- Inadequate training: While onboarding processes vary, new hires do not always receive comprehensive training on safety protocols, which increases the likelihood of accidents.
- Hesitancy to ask questions: New employees may be hesitant to ask questions, seek clarification or report safety concerns due to fear of appearing incapable of the work. This reluctance to speak up can lead to dangerous mistakes.
If you’re having difficulty with your workers’ compensation claim or are meeting resistance from your employer because you were only on the job for a short while, it may be time to seek legal assistance to further explore your options.