It is so important for workers to understand some of the mistakes they are making at work. Some of these mistakes are only highlighted when you spend many years in the industry. And if you are new to the world of asphalt pavement, you may not know about many of these things. That is why we created our “tip of the day” section for asphalt workers.
Today’s tip: stop working if you are hurt.
When you hear it out loud, it sounds super simple. If you are hurt, stop working. Do not try and work through the pain if you got hurt at work. But many asphalt paving companies in Los Angeles talk about how their workers keep going on when they are hurt.
The problem is twofold when you keep working even though you are hurt. The first issue is that you are putting yourself and others at further risk. In any construction-related job, you must be at the top of your game. If you are hurt, you are not operating at 100 percent. But no one knows that you are hurt but you. They assume you can fulfill your duties. But you may not be able to.
Do not put others at risk because you want to be a brave person who keeps working even though they are clearly hurt. It is not going to end well for anyone.
The second issue associated with working through the pain is that you are not going to get the proper workers’ compensation that you deserve. Say you got hurt on Monday while you were working. It was not your fault. But you told no one and you kept going on with your job.
Now it is Friday and your condition is even worse. How will you get workers’ comp? If you mention the Monday incident, they will ask why you never reported it. Why did you not go get checked out by a doctor? Why did you keep working? It is very hard to prove your workers’ comp case unless you follow the correct procedures.