Many of our previous posts here have described the difficulties that workers face when they are injured on the job and can't return to work for an extended period of time. They often face financial hardship in addition to physical limitation and the need for extensive medical and rehabilitative care. But, what is the overall impact of workplace injuries in America?
Although most of us associate workplace injuries with potentially dangerous occupations, such as jobs in the construction or industrial sectors, the fact is that workplace injuries can occur in almost any sector of employment. Workplace injuries are fairly common.
The railways are an integral part of the transport infrastructure of any state or country. Several thousand miles of railroads traverse Ohio and the rest of the country and provide an important means of transport for both freight and passengers. In order to make sure that such a vast rail network functions smoothly, railroad companies employ a large number of workers for the upkeep of the network. These workers, however, are often exposed to workplace hazards that are unique to the railways.
As readers of this Columbus, Ohio blog probably know, our law office represents injured workers who likely need help making financial ends meet. After all, when someone is out of work, perhaps indefinitely, due to a workplace injury, it is important that she receive all the compensation available to her.
Thousands work in the construction sector but not all know the risks or characteristics of the injury that they work in. Often, only after workplace injuries occur, does a worker and their family find out just how dangerous construction accidents and injuries can be. Statistically, construction workers face higher instances of nonfatal injury at work than does the average worker. This means that significant injuries can result and further consequences for the worker.
When kids or adults alike think of amusement parks, lots of good memories and good times usually come to their mind. However, for one Ohio employee who worked at an amusement park, this may no longer be the case. After a work accident at an Ohio amusement park, an employee was injured in what OSHA determined a 'preventable' fall. Here's what happened.
Workplace injuries can happen anywhere. OSHA, or the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has cited an Ohio golf course for failing to adhere to policy in lieu of a worker's work injury incident. After a full investigation, OSHA cited the golf course on several worker safety violations. The citations were for actions or inactions, taken before or after the worker's injury incident.
Accidents happen -- or, so they say. While there are freak accidents not associated with any fault, rarely does this happen in the workplace. The truth is, most work accidents and injuries are entirely preventable. This is why it is so important to track emerging trends in workplace accidents and injuries to determine where problems lie in the workplace. One or several overseeing bodies, such as OSHA, can set regulations for employers to help prevent these workplace accidents and their resounding injuries from occurring.
Some people are not cut out for desk jobs. There is an allure of working with your hands or not being chained to a desk. However, certain manual labor jobs are more dangerous than the average office job. FELA, or Federal Employers Liability Act, was designed to protect railroad workers and to give them recourse, if they suffer an injury on the job.
The construction industry is one of the most dangerous occupations in Ohio and nationwide, and the fatality rate associated with it is much higher than other industries. Ladders, scaffolding, excavations and electrical components all pose hazards to workers if they are not trained properly or if proper safety precautions are not taken by their employers.