According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 5,000 workers were killed on the job during 2016. That same year, more than 800,000 workers were injured at the workplace and required time away from work to heal. To say that workplace injuries are common is an understatement. Despite safety regulations and measures, employees are being hurt at work at an alarming rate. Here are just a few of the most common injuries for employees on the job.
Many people drive as a part of their job description. Whether a salesperson driving to meet a new client, or a truck driver delivering supplies, vehicle accidents can happen at any time of the workday. Accidents can be fatal, but can also cause serious injury such as whiplash.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Workers throughout the country are injured each day due to slipping, tripping, or falling at work. Even relatively benign falls can cause serious long term health consequences, leaving workers to feel stiff and sore for months after the initial injury.
Most common on construction sites or in factories, objects falling and striking workers can cause serious injury. Traumatic Brain Injuries are common when objects hit an employee in the head and the long-term consequences can include personality changes or even paralysis.
A serious job hazard for those working in the construction field, or those working as an electrician, is electrocution. Simple mistakes can lead to exposed wires or give an increased risk for electrocution, which can be fatal.
No matter your job, you can be at risk of being injured at work. To keep yourself safe, be sure you are attending any safety training meetings throughout the year, and let your supervisor know if there are any situations that appear to be unsafe for employees. If you find that you have been injured at work, your best course of action is to enlist the help of an experienced attorney.
The team at Grewer Law has been advocating for workers injured at work for years, and we have the tools to guide you through the paperwork and the process. Give us a call to set up your consultation so that we can get to know your story and get to work.
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