About Workplace Hazards
Since the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was passed, the number of workplace hazards as well as employee exposure to them has been significantly reduced. The result has been fewer accidents across all sectors of industry, affecting workers in all disciplines. Advances in safety equipment and the use of technological resources to reduce accident rates have made the American workplace much safer for workers today than it was generations ago.
Even so, more efforts need to be made to counter the hundreds of thousands of electrocutions, slip and fall accidents, chemical burns, scaffolding accidents, and injuries from falling objects, flying debris and defective machinery that still occur every year. Many of these hazards result in serious workplace injuries, and an unacceptable number of fatalities still occur in the American workplace as a result. Some of the most common work-related accidents include:
Due to their complexity of operation and their weight, these machines can be the cause of some of the most devastating injuries. If you have been involved in an accident involving a crane, than you could be facing some of the most devastating injuries possible. Give our firm a call today if you would like help in filing a claim and seeking the just compensation you deserve. Read more about crane accidents.
Reluctance to invest in new and high quality machinery may cause employers to continue to provide defective, unsafe and flawed equipment and machinery in the workplace. The industrial accidents that result from these hazards often involve amputations, crushing injuries and other severe injuries. Read more about defective equipment.
From the tower crane operator working hundreds of feet above the ground, to workers operating powered hand tools below, many employees face the risk of severe electrical accidents that include electrical shocks that can cause physical maiming and organ damage, electrical burns, and even fatal electrocutions. Read more about electrocution.
Anytime there is work activity overhead, workers below are at risk for injuries from falling objects. These are actually easy to prevent, but the statistics of workers who are injured, maimed or killed because of falling objects in the workplace are still too high for comfort. Read more about falling objects.
Blamed for the inordinate number of eye injuries caused in the workplace each year, flying debris in the form of cement dust, wood chips and shaving, metal slivers, mineral dust, and other kinds of debris may not be completely avoidable in the workplace, but the accidents that result from them definitely are. High quality and work-appropriate personal protection gear, including face shields, safety glasses, and goggles can reduce the risks from these workplace hazards. Read more about flying debris.
Forklifts have made the life of American workers easier, but they also pose a significant risk in the form of tipping and rollover accidents and collapses, entrapment between powered doors, or injuries from unsecured loads that fall on workers nearby. Read more about forklift accidents.
The construction industry has among the highest number of hazards that can be found in any workplace. Some of the most devastating of these occur when defective or unstable scaffolding is constructed, leading to disastrous collapses, falls, and tripping accidents. Read more about scaffolding accidents.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents can easily be prevented if employers take care to mark and guard open holes, post warning signs outside work areas with slippery surfaces, and arrange for the disposal or storing of slick materials and liquids after work has been completed for the day. Read more about slip and falls.
Although OSHA regulations define permissible limits for the exposure of chemicals in the workplace, and recommend protective personal gear that can prevent inhalation or ingestion in any form, too many workers are burned, or suffer eye, face and skin injuries because of toxic chemical exposure. The most significant impact of such exposure can appear over the long-term as cancer, mesothelioma, and other deadly diseases develop. Read more about exposure to toxic agents.
Poorly maintained trucks or those with unsafe defective components, improperly secured loads, and inadequate readiness to handle hazardous spills from trucks and trailers are some of the leading hazards that cause truck related workplace injuries. Read more about truck accidents.
Many pieces of machinery in an industrial environment may be dangerous or unsafe by their very nature, especially logging equipment, food slicers, meat grinders and other machinery. But that doesn't mean that accidents involving them can't be prevented through adequate workplace safety training, proper use of protective safety gear, guarding of equipment and proper supervision. Read more about unsafe machinery.
If you would like to learn more about workplace hazards and how it can affect your claim, please do not hesitate to contact an industrial accident lawyer from our firm today.