Workers’ Compensation / Workplace Accidents
Accidents can happen at absolutely any time, as they are exclusively a matter of chance. The damages can be minor or major, and can often happen to workers on the job. And although accidents can happen anywhere at anytime, some occupations or work environments can be more dangerous than others, and lead to injuries and illnesses more easily than others simply because of occupational hazards.
Last year, one out of every five deaths on the job were in the construction industry. The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration even recognizes the “Fatal Four” in the construction business: the four most common fatal workplace accidents. The “Fatal Four” includes falls on the job site, employees being struck by falling objects, electrocutions and employees becoming caught in between objects on the job site.
Although not all workplace injuries are fatally serious, they still have very real effects on workers. Many accidents are caused every year by negligence on both the part of the employer and employee.
Poor housekeeping on the job site can lead to falls, slips and all around hazardous conditions for employees. Neglecting safety procedures puts everyone on the job site in danger. Overexertion injuries result from extreme physical activity such as lifting or carrying heavy objects. Even overconfidence on the job site, as a result of repetitiveness on the job, can lead to injuries.
There are a number of different ways to prevent these injuries, however, accidents do happen, and employees can often receive workers compensation. Employees injured on the job may be entitled to workers comp, which is designed to protect workers from job-related ailments, so they can recover from their accidents.