While a typical workplace may not have too many occupational hazards, working in any type of industrial plant or refinery brings many dangers with it. From transportation facilities to electrical plants, workers are constantly put in high-risk situations. One wrong move or faulty mechanical part could result in a serious accident.
Some of the most dangerous workplaces include:
- Construction Sites
- Manufacturing Plants
- Toxic Waste Facilities
- Electrical Plants
- Chemical Plants
- Paper Mills
Many other industrial work environments also put the average work at risk on a daily basis.
Death & Injury Statistics
According to OSHA, there have been close to 4,400 workers killed on the job each year. That means that on average, more than 84 of our country's hard workers are killed every week—12 workers every day. Out of the workplace deaths reported, close to 20% occurred at some type of construction job.
The "Fatal Four" are often responsible for these fatalities:
- Being Struck by Objects
- Caught-In or Between Heavy Objects
Other industrial workers face different types of risks, such as:
For example, toxic waste facilities are used to destroy dangerous byproducts from hospitals, septic systems, and laboratories. When workers are hired to eliminate these waste materials, it often involves a high level of risk. Similarly, transportation facilities also put workers in naturally dangerous situations.
From electrocution to severed limbs, industrial facilities involve many risks. There is also the threat of plant explosions, fires, and machinery malfunctions that put industrial plant workers and surrounding communities at risk. Though organizations like OSHA continue to push for increased safety regulations and standards for industrial facilities and construction sites, many occupational dangers remain for our country's workers.
If you have been injured in a similar type of workplace accident, be sure to contact Arnold & Itkin.