Since the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was passed, the number of workplace hazards as well as employee exposure to them has been significantly reduced. The result has been fewer accidents across all sectors of industry, affecting workers in all disciplines. Advances in safety equipment and the use of technological resources to reduce accident rates have made the American workplace much safer for workers today than it was generations ago.
Even so, more efforts need to be made to counter the hundreds of thousands of electrocutions, slip and fall accidents, chemical burns, scaffolding accidents, and injuries from falling objects, flying debris and defective machinery that still occur every year. Many of these hazards result in serious workplace injuries in the American workplace. Corporations owe their workers a safe place to work. Profits should not be at the expense of responsibility.
Have you been injured in an accident at a plant, industrial facility or construction site? If this is the case, then you are likely aware of problems associated with an accident of this nature. Inability to pay bills, company doctors not treating you fairly, employer not returning your calls, insurance company giving you the runaround.Send A Message
COMMON WORKPLACE HAZARDS
Defective Equipment: Reluctance to invest in new and high quality machinery may cause employers to continue to provide defective, unsafe and flawed equipment and machinery in the workplace. The industrial accidents that result from these hazards often involve amputations, crushing injuries and other severe injuries. Sometimes machinery is not properly guarded to protect employees from hazards.
Falling Objects: Anytime there is work activity overhead, workers below are at risk for injuries from falling objects. These are actually easy to prevent, but the statistics of workers who are injured, maimed or killed because of falling objects in the workplace are still too high for comfort.
Flying Debris: Blamed for the inordinate number of eye injuries caused in the workplace each year, flying debris in the form of cement dust, wood chips and shaving, metal slivers, mineral dust and other kinds of debris may not be completely avoidable, but the accidents that result from them are. High-quality personal protection gear including face shields, safety glasses and goggles can reduce the risks from these workplace hazards.
Toxic Exposure: Although OSHA regulations define permissible limits for the exposure of chemicals in the workplace and recommend protective personal gear that can prevent inhalation or ingestion in any form, too many workers are burned or suffer eye, face and skin injuries because of toxic chemical exposure. The most significant impact of such exposure can appear over the long-term as deadly diseases develop.
Unsafe Machinery: Many pieces of machinery in an industrial environment may be dangerous or unsafe by their very nature, especially logging equipment, food slicers, meat grinders and other machinery. However, that does not mean that accidents involving them cannot be prevented through adequate workplace safety training, proper use of protective safety gear, guarding of equipment and proper maintenance of equipment.
Forklift accidents: Often forklift accidents cause serious injury or death. Sometimes forklifts are not maintained properly, operators are not trained or employer established guidelines are not followed or enforced in daily operations.
Plant Explosions: Plant explosions account for many instances of serious injury and death. Failure to comply with work procedures often leads to explosions. In many cases, the negligence of a plant owner to follow proper safety regulations and pursue proper risk management can result in catastrophic plant explosions. No matter whether you suffered injuries or sustained offsite property damage, you could have grounds to seek compensation.
Due to the nature of industrial facilities, accidents are no rarity. This, however, does not mean that they should be blindly accepted. If you or someone that you love has recently been injured in an accident and been left with catastrophic injuries, you deserve to be fully compensated.
Employers have a responsibility to their employees to ensure that the workplace is as safe an environment as possible. This, however, does not just include working to prevent accidents. It also involves creating a situation that is best suited toward promoting the safety and well-being of all workers.
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