Your employer made the decision to allow workers to keep their phones on them, but you weren’t happy about it. Some of the younger employees were always checking them, even when they should have been paying attention to heavy machinery that was in use.
You talked to your employer and pointed out the risks, but they said that things would be fine. Of course, within a few weeks, you were the one who had suffered a serious crushing injury because an employee turned on machinery without looking up at the notice that was right over their head.
Cell phones are distracting, and they put you at risk
Cell phone usage has been tied to equipment accidents in the workplace. For instance, when an employee is operating a forklift, they should never be on their phone. While having a phone on hand is helpful in an emergency, there is a difference between allowing a phone to be on a worker’s person and allowing them to use it while they’re working for anything other than an emergency.
If an employee makes mistakes or isn’t paying attention because they’re distracted by their phone, they could put themselves and others at risk of serious injury or death. If that happens, it’s only fair that the injured party should be able to pursue workers’ compensation. If they were hurt due to the company policy, the company could also be liable for creating a hazard and not addressing the risks. Your attorney can talk to you more about your options if you’re injured and want to pursue compensation for the cell phone-related injuries that you’ve suffered on the job.