Work injuries are the cause of roughly 4,500 deaths every year in the United States. Many of the same types of injuries occur over and over again, which is why OSHA regulations and other safety regulations are in place. Even if you follow all of these regulations, accidents can still happen.
Read on to discover some of the most frequent causes of work injuries that are likely covered by workers’ compensation in New Jersey.
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Accidents related to pulling, pushing, carrying large or heavy objects, and throwing items are extremely common. In most situations, workers try to do too much by themselves when they should be working in teams.
In other situations, employers simply expect too much for one person. These types of injuries can also be the result of repetitive heavy lifting, pulling, or pushing.
If you leave equipment, tools, or other items strewn about your workspace, someone is bound to get hurt. Tripping over these items can lead to much more serious injuries like head trauma, broken bones, and cuts and lacerations.
Employers should enforce housekeeping policies in order to keep work environments as safe as possible. If you notice that they are not being followed or are not being enforced, speaking up could save you from a future work injury.
In a workspace, there are often a lot of moving parts. Construction sites are notorious for this type of situation, but many other working areas can also have moving parts that are potentially dangerous for an unwary worker. Even objects that are dropped or fall from shelving can cause serious injuries.
Fall injuries are extremely common in the workplace. It can be a simple trip and fall on a level surface to falling off a height. Even falling from a relatively short ladder can cause permanent injuries that can impact you for the rest of your life.
In construction accidents, falls are the number one reason for workplace-related deaths. In 2014, for example, they were the cause of nearly 40 percent of all workplace deaths in construction-related work zones.
This could be because employees are not using the proper safety equipment, co-workers are being careless, or any number of other causes. In fact, fall protection is the most frequently cited safety violation according to OSHA.
Millions of car accidents happen every year, and you can bet that some of those accidents involve employees who are traveling for work. Semi truck drivers spend the majority of their time on the road, so they are much more likely to be involved in a highway accident than other types of workers.
Engaging in the same movement day after day is hard on your body. Humans are simply not built to just do the same activity for hours on end. It can strain your hands, arms, feet, back, and legs to engage in repetitive motions over a long period of time.
These strains can lead to serious problems in the long run. They may also result in problems that you may not think of as work injuries, including arthritis, carpal tunnel, and vision problems.
Regardless of what kind of workplace injury you have endured, you should be able to get workers’ compensation benefits if your injury is work related. These benefits can help you as you recover from your injury, and they will often take care of your related medical expenses as well.
If your employer is not paying these benefits or you are having trouble dealing with the insurance company, it may be time for a workers’ compensation lawyer to step in. Your work injury is important, and you deserve compensation.
If you need to consult a New Jersey attorney, you need to contact Schibell & Mennie, LLC. The initial consultation is always free.