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Have you suffered from a work-related injury?

Employers are required by law to create a safe workplace environment for workers that minimize the possibility of accidents and injuries. This is also to ensure that should an accident occur that the severity of damages is minimized.

These measures include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Training workers in compliance with safety standards;
  • Using high-quality, well-maintained equipment and machinery;
  • Having procedures to correct any dangerous practices; and
  • Maintaining effective emergency response measures to reduce risks of injury to workers.

Common Injuries Sustained on the Job

Workplace injury commonly involves injuries to the eyes, head, hands, and neck. In spite of laws that govern safety in the workplace, accidents and injuries are more common than they should be and are almost always entirely preventable.

Some of the most common workplace injuries include:

  • Amputation / Severed Limb: When equipment with the potential to cause amputation is present at work, the employer is required to place it appropriately, taking into account the potential exposure of employees to sharp edges, cutting blades, and shears. Employees must also receive adequate training not only in the operation, but also in the safe cleaning, maintenance, setup, changeover, and take down of the machinery.

  • Blunt Force Trauma Injury: A blunt force trauma injury is one inflicted on a specific body part as a result of a large force or impact. These could occur in connection with a fall in the workplace or when a worker is struck by a falling object or moving machinery. Blunt force trauma injuries, although they are classified as separate injuries, often involve other complications such as major contusions.

  • Brain Injury: A head injury in the workplace can occur as a result of a fall from an elevated position or as a result of being struck by falling equipment or debris. Sufficient and high quality head protection equipment makes these accidents preventable and employers are required to not only provide such gear to employees, but also to train them in their use, and in the reasons for and importance of their use.

  • Crushing Injury: A crushing injury involves the crushing of a body part(s) between two solid objects such as the components of machinery. These injuries can be restricted to a single small part of the body, but most often they involve large parts of the body. A serious crushing injury can be life-threatening or even fatal, may include heavy blood loss, and may require extensive surgery and physical therapy.

  • Eye Injury: It's estimated that at least 2,000 eye injuries occur each day in the American workplace. Most of these take place when small particles of cement, wood splinters, or metal enter the eye. They can also result from blunt force trauma that damages the eyeball and because of hazardous chemical splashes or laser burns. Eye injuries, like so many workplace injuries, are preventable if protective eye wear is worn at all times when working in potentially hazardous conditions; helmets, hard hats, and face shields can also help protect the eyes.

  • Head Injury: An injury to the head is uniquely difficult in that it occurs to an area of the body that is the host to one of the most important organs of our body: our brain. Regardless of whether this injury is from a fall, blunt force trauma, or a collapsing structure, these injuries are severe and can be life-threatening and even fatal.

  • Neck or Back Injury: Musculoskeletal injuries can occur when there is substantial or repetitive strain on certain areas of the body such as the lower back, neck, and shoulder. Certain activities like lifting and carrying heavy loads cause strain on the back muscles that result in injuries with a long term impact.

Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries

Below, we explain some of the most common causes of catastrophic workplace injuries:

  • Fires: Fires can break out in plants, refineries, on a construction site, or any workplace setting where there are combustible materials and an ignition source. An industrial accident that involves fire can result in burns of varying intensity. Depending on the extent of the damage caused by the burn, it could leave scars and could require cosmetic surgery or skin grafts to restore the appearance of the skin. Fire accidents in an industrial facility are almost always preventable. OSHA safety guidelines requires that working conditions be kept free of combustible dust particles and call for separation of flammable liquids and gases, proper maintenance of pressure containers, tankers, electrical wiring and equipment, and training in proper fire protection measures.

  • Explosions: Explosions can occur anywhere there is a potential for reaction between combustible chemical liquids and gases. Other causes are boiler explosions, gas leaks, or explosions resulting from defective electrical equipment. Some industries are more prone to these accidents than others, including oil and gas refineries, chemical factories, and pyrotechnics manufacturers. Explosions in an industrial facility are always preventable and can be avoided if pressure tanks and containers are properly maintained and secured, flammable gases are stored under properly controlled conditions, and proper safety mechanisms and alarms are in place.

  • Collapsing Structures: Examples of a collapse accident are the disintegration of a construction framework or canopy that takes workers down with it, a mine roof collapse that can trap hundreds of worker, and the collapse of trench walls during excavation work. Such accidents usually occur when employers have not taken the necessary safety precautions to prevent collapse of walls in trenches, mines, or construction sites or have neglected to provide a safe and stable construction framework with platforms for workers to stand on.

Consult with a workplace injury lawyer from our firm!

When dealing with a work-related injury, it is in your best interests to get the involvement of an industrial accident lawyer who you can trust. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we have proven over the years that we have the mettle to handle even the most complex of cases. You can rest assured knowing that should you choose to work with our firm that we will investigate your case, gather evidence, and build the strongest claim possible to fight for fair financial compensation.

Contact a workplace injury attorney from Arnold & Itkin today for help in filing a claim!

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