In terms of workplace safety, we have come a long way in the last 100 years. In the early 1900s, construction professionals and steelworkers toiled with few safety regulations or hazard prevention methods in place to protect them.
In a report entitled The Safety Movement in the Iron and Steel Industry 1907 to 1917, the Bureau of Labor Statistics explored the unparalleled injury of American workers at the beginning of the 20th century. Authors Chaney and Hanna cite a “frightful disregard for human life” that was prevalent in American industry during this decade, and a need for reform.
Largely due to the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, we have seen a decrease in workplace accidents in the last 50 years, and American corporations are held to certain standards to protect their employees against injury. We have seen the creation of workers’ compensation and accident insurance to protect our bodies and give us peace of mind.
While these accidents still do happen today, workers are now protected under the law and able to seek help and compensation when injured in the workplace. Let’s discuss common workplace injuries, their complications, and when it’s time to seek legal aid.
Did you know that there are 3.4 workers’ comp claims filed for every 100 full-time employees in the United States? While conditions for workers are undoubtedly safer than they have been in the past, thousands of Americans still suffer injuries from workplace-related incidents every year.
Let’s turn to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2018 report on Occupational Injuries and Illnesses to explore a few of the most common injuries you can get on the job, and what professions are most at risk for workplace accidents.
Overexertion on the job can lead to injury, fatigue, stress, or even death. You can experience overexertion in almost any job, from a laborer to a stock clerk. 28 out of every 10,000 workers report an injury from overexertion every year according to the BLS report.
2. Slips, Trips, And Falls
Slips, trips, and falls can cause broken bones, fractures, bruising, or even brain damage in workers. 24 out of every 10,000 workers in America are injured from a slip, trip, or fall.
3. Contact With Equipment
If you are a construction laborer, a factory worker, or a maintenance worker you are especially susceptible to injury via contact with large equipment or objects, the third-largest reported cause of injury on the job.
4. Transportation Accidents
Transportation incidents are common in delivery service drivers, truck drivers, and tractor-trailer drivers. These accidents can leave a worker with severe and lasting physical complications as well as nerve or brain damage.
Violence in the workplace, whether caused by an animal or another human, can happen to anyone in any profession. Sadly, violence is one of the most common causes of injury and highly reported each year.
American workers suffer approximately 3 million injuries and illnesses on the job every year. If you are ailing from a workplace-related injury, consider contacting a personal injury lawyer to get legal counsel on your workers’ comp claim. A lawyer will assist you with the laws surrounding workers’ comp in your state. For example, the state of Illinois uses a no-fault system, meaning that you’re entitled to workers’ comp even if the injury in question was your fault.
Many corporations and insurers will use your lack of knowledge of the claims system against you, delaying your compensation or denying your claim altogether. In order to get the money you deserve from your workplace accident, consult with a lawyer and explore your options.
Whether you work in a retail shop or construction site, you may be susceptible to injury while on the job. Educate yourself on potential workplace accidents and don’t be afraid to seek legal action when faced with an injury.