Workplace Injury: Unsafe Environment?
Workplace Injuries and Lost Wages
When most people think of workplace injuries, they may think of injuries that happen at construction sites, oilfield jobs, or other industrial work environments. Fox 29 in San Antonio recently reported on one such incident involving 2 men and a forklift. However, almost any work environment can have the potential to inflict injury. From carelessness to blatant oversight, there are several causes of workplace injuries.
Types of Workplace Accidents
A workplace injury is when you are injured during the course of your employment. There are many different ways to injure yourself on the job, ranging from the mundane to the horrific. Workplace injuries can result in illness, injury, or even death. According to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the top 10 causes of serious nonfatal workplace injuries recently are:
- Overexertion involving an outside source
- Falls to the same level
- Falls to a lower level
- Struck by an object or equipment
- Other exertions or bodily reactions
- Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle
- Slip or trip without fall
- Compressed by equipment or objects
- Stuck against object or equipment
- Repetitive motions involving micro-tasks
Not So Obvious
Some hazards may not be so obvious in certain workplaces. Consider the health industry; there are numerous unseen ways that injury or illness could manifest inside of a hospital or another health care facility. There are many different safety guidelines that are supposed to be in effect inside of health care facilities. One such guideline provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on bloodborne pathogens is one of several guidelines to assist in providing a safe workplace for everyone. Even with such guidelines in place, human error or carelessness can possibly result in unsafe work conditions. Sometimes, the resulting injuries or illnesses can be completely out of your control and the resulting loss of work can develop monetary problems for you.
Lost Wages & Bills Pilling Up
Employers are responsible for providing a safe environment in which their employees can perform their jobs. You work hard for your earnings and a workplace injury may lead to a loss of income and, possibly, a mountain of medical bills. An experienced attorney may be able to help you when dealing with the complexity of worker’s rights and worker’s compensation laws. Should you find yourself in a situation where your co-worker’s’ or employer’s negligence or carelessness has resulted in a workplace injury or illness, you might be able to seek some recovery of your lost wages.