On The Job Injuries Are Becoming Far Too Common
You’re sipping your morning coffee, getting ready for another long day at work. Your motivation for the day is to earn money to support your family. Unfortunately for some, that income will be lost due to an injury suffered on the job. Sadly, serious work injuries are more common than most of us realize and could happen to any of us.
According to the National Safety Council, an American worker is injured every seven seconds, 12,900 are injured every day and 4.7 million each year.
In 2015, there were 4,836 workers killed on the job according to the United States Department of Labor. That is more than 13 deaths every day, on average.
Workplace injuries typically result from slips, trips, repetitive motion, overexertion due to lifting, and machine handling.
Types of workplace injuries
The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics reported more than one million workers suffer back injuries. Below is a list of other common workplace injuries.
- Neck injuries
- Head injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Amputated or crushed limbs
What employers can do to limit on the job injuries
Safety advocates urge both workers and employers to make the job site as safe as it can be.
Employers are responsible for taking precautions necessary to stop things that may harm you in your job. The employee should be informed of all possible risks that may be involved and have necessary training to ensure these things are controlled and the job is done safely. Safety should be everyone’s top priority.
Why so many on the job injuries go unreported
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) believes about half of serious workplace injuries go unreported. This may be happening because small businesses are unaware of new reporting requirements that took effect on January 1, 2015 where employers are to report severe injuries within 24 hours. If the employer fails to report the injury, the penalty will range from $1,000 to $7,000. In other cases, some employers are trying to hide unsafe practices. OSHA reports arriving at one manufacturing facility after reports of an employee losing a finger, only to find the employer has parked forklifts in front of the doors in an attempt to block inspectors from entering. Once inside, OSHA workers discovered exposed machinery, that put other employees at risk of more amputations.
Studies show that nine percent of Americans admit to being afraid to report their on the job injuries because they fear retaliation from their employer, such as getting fired, or harassed.
It is best to avoid injuries if possible. However, despite the immense care you and your employer take, accidents and injuries happen.
What to do if you get injured at work
The most important thing to do if you are injured on the job is to report the injury immediately to your supervisor in writing. Ask for your company’s official injury report form, fill it out in ink thoroughly including date and signature, and request a copy for your own records. Reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney to guide you in taking the next steps.
How The Carlson Law Firm can help
If you or someone you love was injured in a work-related accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries and losses. Our experienced attorneys’ goals are to get you the best result possible. Contact us today for a no obligation, free consultation. We care, we can help.
- Written by Jill Fowler