We expect that we’ll be safe at work, but unfortunately, that does not always happen. Workplace accidents occur quite often—even in office settings. Workers may trip over items or fall off ladders. They may get injured by machinery. Some workers are even killed while performing their jobs. In fact, thousands of workers are killed in the United States every year.
Safety should be the utmost concern for employers and employees, as injuries cost everyone a lot of money. Billions of dollars are spent on workplace injuries in the United States every year. Workplace injuries also result in a significant amount of lost work time.
If you were injured at work, act quickly. File a report with your employer or seek legal help from the Decatur personal injury lawyers at Shiver Hamilton Campbell. We’ll ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Most Dangerous Jobs
The following are some of the most dangerous jobs in the United States:
- Construction workers
- Iron and steel workers
- Truck drivers
- Farmers and other agricultural workers
Types of Workplace Accidents
Workplace accidents can happen in a variety of ways, including the following:
- Slips, trips and falls. These accidents account for more than 30% of all accidents in the workplace. Falling can result in numerous injuries, including head and neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, pulled muscles, and sprains. Slippery floors, poor lighting, loose rugs/carpet, and uneven walking surfaces often contribute to slips, trips, and falls.
- Struck by or caught in machinery. Those who work in factories, on farms, and on construction sites must often deal with heavy equipment. When a machine doesn’t have guards, a worker can get body parts stuck inside, causing broken bones and amputation.
- Fires/explosions. Open flames and faulty gas lines can lead to burn injuries and disfigurement. While these accidents only account for 3% of workplace accidents, they have the highest rate of fatality.
Your Rights in the Workplace
You are entitled to a safe workplace under federal law. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protects employees by preventing workplace hazards. Your rights as an employee include the following:
- Workplace safety and training in your chosen language
- Safe machinery
- The ability to obtain the required safety equipment to perform your job duties
- Protection from toxic chemicals
- The ability to request an OSHA inspection if a situation is unsafe
- Reporting an injury or illness without retaliation
- Copies of your medical records
- Review records and tests related to workplace hazards
Contact Us Today
Workplace accidents happen quite often. They can lead to serious injuries, disabilities, and even death.
The Decatur personal injury lawyers at Shiver Hamilton Campbell can help you understand your legal options. Workers’ compensation may not be your only recourse. Schedule a free consultation to get started with your claim. Call (877) 215-6111 or fill out the online form.