Work Accidents

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Recovery Beyond Worker’s Compensation

Workplace safety is a serious issue, and one that does not always receive the attention it deserves. Every day, millions of Americans go to work to provide for their families. They rightfully expect that a safe work environment will be provided by their employers. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Serious work injuries occur all too often. The road to recovery for an injured employee or contractor can be long and difficult.

Many employees are under the false impression that if they are injured at work, they are entitled to recover only workers’ compensation benefits from their employer. That is not the case. In many instances, an injured worker is entitled to compensation from several other avenues, including other responsible companies and product manufacturers. Therefore, it is very important that every workplace injury be analyzed individually to ensure all that all responsible parties are held accountable, and to ensure that the injured party makes a full recovery.

Depending on the circumstances, an injured employee may have the right to sue for damages outside workers’ compensation, including in the following situations:

  • If the employee is injured by the decisions or conduct of a third-party, including the owner of the premises where a contractor is working, that third-party may be liable
  • If the employee’s employer does not carry workers compensation insurance
  • If the employer’s wrongful conduct was intentional
  • If the employee was injured by a defective product or defective equipment, the manufacturer of that product or equipment may be liable
  • If the employee was exposed to a toxic substances, the manufacturer of that substance may be liable

Common Causes of Workplace Accidents

Unfortunately, workplace accidents happen every day. Many are serious accidents. In 2013, 4,405 people were killed on the job according to the federal Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA). An industry that is particularly susceptible to workplace injuries is the construction industry, which accounts for one of five workplace injuries. Of the 4,405 workplace fatalities, common causes were:

  • Transportation incidents;
  • Falls, slips, and trips;
  • Exposure to harmful substances or environments;
  • Fires and explosions; and
  • Contact with dangerous objects and equipment.

Most Cited OSHA Workplace Violations

In addition to fatalities, in 2013 private industry employers reported 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. The most cited OSHA workplace violations from October 1, 2013 through September 39, 2014 were:

  • Inadequate fall protection
  • Inadequate communication of hazards
  • Scaffolding violations
  • Respiratory protection violations
  • Industrial truck regulation violations
  • Hazardous energy violations
  • Ladder violations
  • Electrical / wiring violations
  • Machinery and machine guarding violations
  • Defects in electrical design

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