Our jobs play an outsized role in our lives. After all, we not only spend a good deal of time on the job but we also spend a heck of a lot of time thinking about those jobs. Suffice to say that our jobs help define our sense of self. Not many of us, however, give much thought to accidents and injuries on the job – especially if we work behind a desk. Nevertheless, workplace injuries occur a lot more often than you probably imagine, and while some occupations are obviously much more dangerous than others, even working in an office can lead to a workplace injury. So, whether you carry a briefcase or don a hard hat, always make safety on the job your top priority.
If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, seek experienced legal counsel. These claims go through worker’s compensation insurance, and it’s important not to make the mistake of believing that the insurance company is necessarily on your side – or is motivated to grant you just compensation. At The Levin Firm, we understand how trying such injuries and claims can be, and we’re committed to helping you guide your claim toward the compensation to which you are entitled.
While nearly any kind of injury can happen at any workplace, there are certain injuries that are common to jobs across the board. These might include:
If you get in a fight with a machine, the machine is likely to win, and this is just as true of the heavy-duty machinery on constructions sites as it is of office machinery. Further, these dangerous accidents aren’t uncommon. Education about operating machinery safely and implementing regular safety checks and maintenance schedules are critical to avoid such accidents.
You probably don’t think of driving accidents as being a threat at work, but if driving – in any capacity – is part of your job, these accidents are workplace accidents. Further, such accidents are always dangerous. Ongoing safety training is critical.
Slip and falls are the bread and butter of accidents. They can happen anywhere and at any time – and they often do. Further, slip and falls aren’t just a nuisance; instead, they can be extremely dangerous. Such accidents are often caused by negligent upkeep, including walkways that are cluttered with debris; slippery, cracked, uneven, or uncared for walkways; floorcoverings that are worn, torn, or bunched; highly waxed and, thus, slippery floors or stairs; and entryways made dangerous by water, ice, snow, and/or slippery leaves. Careful and regular maintenance and routine safety checks can help keep the workplace safer for all.
When your work requires you to engage in the same motions repeatedly throughout the day, it can lead to a repetitive motion injury. While these injuries are closely associated with the kind of work done on assembly lines, they can happen anywhere – even at a desk job. Things that can help ward off these painful and costly injuries include incorporating ergonomic furniture and adaptive devices and educating employees about healthy work habits, including maintaining a healthy posture throughout the day.
Work that includes pushing, pulling, carrying, throwing, lifting, or simply handling heavy and/or awkward objects can lead to , which are among the most common and costliest injuries that occur on the job. When the work is repetitive, such injuries are even more common. Ongoing training pertaining to safe lifting and appropriate safety gear are instrumental to minimizing these dangerous workplace injuries.
Construction work is one of the most dangerous jobs going, and there are several workplace accidents and injuries that are highly specific to this kind of work:
Construction work requires that electricity be closely involved. This includes electrical equipment, wiring, and electrical components. When electricity isn’t handled with scrupulous care and according to strict safety standards, the results can be life-threatening.
Construction sites are riddled with giant machinery, scaffolding, building equipment, and more. If a construction worker gets caught in or between any of these behemoths, the results can be devastating – and even deadly. In fact, according to , these terrifying accidents account for more than seven percent of all fatalities on construction sites. Construction companies are responsible for adhering to stringent safety standards, including ongoing education, to help minimize these tragic accidents.
Construction sights are bustling, and much of the work takes place at elevations. While falls are always dangerous, falling from an elevation is that much more so. Whether it’s from equipment that soars high into the air or from roofs, scaffolding, or ladders, falls from elevations on construction sites are serious and aren’t uncommon. Ongoing safety training and effective safety gear are critical to controlling these exceedingly dangerous accidents.
Construction sites incorporate a lot of moving parts, and sometimes these parts fall from overhead. Such accidents are common and are excessively dangerous. Vigilance related to safety on the job – including securing objects safely and implementing thorough safety protocols and hardhat zones – must be maintained to thwart such accidents
Worker’s compensation cases are frequently complex, and the insurance company involved is very unlikely to make your fair compensation their primary concern. Insurance companies, after all, are in the business of turning a profit, which includes paying out as little as they can get away with. If you’ve suffered a workplace injury, help is available. The dedicated legal teal at in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is committed to helping injured employees like you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Our skilled worker’s compensation attorneys have the experience, knowledge, and drive to fight for your rights and for your rightful compensation. We care about your claim, and we’re here to help – so please or call us at 215-825-5183 today.
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