Common Causes of Accidents in the Workplace

35 Years of Excellent Counsel for Pennsylvania’s Injured Workers

Despite federal regulations and industry-specific safety protocols, millions of workers in the U.S. suffer a workplace injury or contract an occupational illness each year. These workers may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages associated with their injury or illness. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. have successfully represented all types of workers injured on the job due to various reasons, including:

  • Unsafe working conditions: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that employers provide a safe workplace free from recognized hazards. When employers fail to remedy or mitigate known dangers, workers may be injured by a variety of unsafe working conditions, including slippery floors, walkway obstructions, and improper storage of hazardous chemicals.
  • Negligent hiring: When an employer fails to adequately investigate a candidate’s background before hiring them, the employer may be responsible for that employee’s acts of workplace violence. Employers must use reasonable care to not hire individuals that pose a threat and can do so by verifying applicants’ work history, conducting criminal record checks, and asking appropriate questions during interviews.
  • Inadequate training: Accidents often occur because workers have not been properly trained on how to safely perform certain tasks. Employers should train employees on how to use equipment and machinery, how to safely handle food and chemicals, and other safety protocols, such as proper lifting. Employers should supervise employees to ensure that they are capable of safely performing their job without further instruction.
  • Failure to provide fall protection: Failure to provide fall protection was the number one most commonly-cited OSHA violation for the fiscal year 2017. Unprotected edges and open sides in residential construction, as well as failure to provide fall protection on low-slope roofs comprised 6,072 violations. Falls are the most common type of construction accident and is the leading cause of fatality in the construction industry.
  • Dangerous or defective equipment: Workers in various industries, including construction, farming, and manufacturing, must work with dangerous machinery and equipment daily. When these tools are defective, they pose an even greater risk of injury to workers. Equipment may be defective in its design or marketing, or it may be due to the employer’s inadequate maintenance and repair.
  • Fatigue/Distraction: Failure to take adequate breaks can lead to fatigue, which can then lead to accidents. Employers who push their employees to complete tasks quickly may overlook important safety protocols such as encouraging employees to take regular rest breaks. Employees may also be distracted by other workers or their own personal issues, which can cause them to be less aware of their surroundings and more prone to workplace accidents.
  • Overexertion: This is the number one cause of workplace injury, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Lifting light loads can cause injury if not done properly. Construction workers, drywall installers, kitchen/restaurant workers, seamen, utility workers, and medical workers are some of the occupations that are at an increased risk of overexertion.
  • Non-ergonomically designed workplace: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders cost more than $15 billion in workers’ compensation costs each year, according to OSHA. Office workers are at a high-risk for this type of injury, which can be avoided by implementing ergonomically-designed desks, chairs, and keyboards.

Regardless of the cause of your workplace injury, workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning if you were injured performing your work-related duties, you are entitled to compensation regardless of who is at fault for the accident. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act also allows workers to recover for pre-existing conditions that became aggravated or otherwise worsened from work.

Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Assist Injured Workers with Their Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses

If you were injured on-the-job or developed a work-related illness, contact a skilled Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. We can help you navigate the complex Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system. For a free consultation, call us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our online contact form.

We serve clients in Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County. Our team also provides skilled representation to those residing in and around Abington, Ambler, Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, Clifton Heights, Crum Lynne, Darby, Downingtown, Doylestown, Drexel Hill, Essington, Folcroft, Glenolden, Haverford, Havertown, Holmes, Kutztown, Lansdowne, Media, Merion Station, Morton, Narberth, Norristown, Norwood, Philadelphia, Prospect Park, Quakertown, Reading, Roxborough, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, West Chester, and Wynnewood.

Testimonials

The greatest workplace injury lawyer in Pennsylvania

Larry and Phyllis, just want to personally thank you for going the extra mile to help me secure my case. Really appreciate everything you have done for me and my family. The greatest workplace injury lawyer in Pennsylvania!!

Brian Woodworth

hreview
5.0
2019-07-16T17:21:23+00:00

Brian Woodworth

Larry and Phyllis, just want to personally thank you for going the extra mile to help me secure my case. Really appreciate everything you have done for me and my family. The greatest workplace injury lawyer in Pennsylvania!!

100% Best Workman’s Comp Firm in Philadelphia area!!

I had no idea what to expect with my workman's comp case. I am very pleased with the services I have received from Larry Pitt & his associates. 100% Best Workman's Comp Firm in Philadelphia area!!

Simon Carp

hreview
5.0
2019-07-15T17:27:51+00:00

Simon Carp

I had no idea what to expect with my workman's comp case. I am very pleased with the services I have received from Larry Pitt & his associates. 100% Best Workman's Comp Firm in Philadelphia area!!

Thank You

My stars say it all! When I first injured myself, I did not know what to do. Thank you, Larry Pitt & Associates, for your help

Gloria Tucker

hreview
5.0
2019-06-18T15:29:10+00:00

Gloria Tucker

My stars say it all! When I first injured myself, I did not know what to do. Thank you, Larry Pitt & Associates, for your help

Great Lawyer

Larry is a great lawyer. Whenever I had a question or needed help, he always called back personally to answer any questions I had. I recommend Larry Pitt.

Crystal Taylor

hreview
5.0
2019-06-10T14:07:49+00:00

Crystal Taylor

Larry is a great lawyer. Whenever I had a question or needed help, he always called back personally to answer any questions I had. I recommend Larry Pitt.

Great Work

Great people are doing great work. I would recommend them.

Sherrie Andrews

hreview
5.0
2019-06-10T14:06:53+00:00

Sherrie Andrews

Great people are doing great work. I would recommend them.

Extremely Attentive

Larry Pitt was extremely attentive & reliable!

Daniel Middle

hreview
5.0
2019-06-05T18:06:45+00:00

Daniel Middle

Larry Pitt was extremely attentive & reliable!

“Fantastic Experience”

We had a fantastic experience with Mr. Pitt. The staff was helpful & friendly every step of the way for his workman's comp case.

Anna Diaz

hreview
5.0
2019-06-04T13:35:08+00:00

Anna Diaz

We had a fantastic experience with Mr. Pitt. The staff was helpful & friendly every step of the way for his workman's comp case.

“Constant Contact”

Larry Pitt & Associate's represented me to the fullest. He kept me aware of my case at all times and was in constant contact with me.

Caren Whites

hreview
5.0
2019-05-30T13:40:43+00:00

Caren Whites

Larry Pitt & Associate's represented me to the fullest. He kept me aware of my case at all times and was in constant contact with me.

“Best Worker’s Compensation Law Firm in Pennsylvania”

If you're in need of a Worker's Compensation lawyer, do not doubt that Larry Pitt and Associates is the Best Worker's Compensation Law Firm in Pennsylvania

Regina Lopez

hreview
5.0
2019-05-23T17:14:50+00:00

Regina Lopez

If you're in need of a Worker's Compensation lawyer, do not doubt that Larry Pitt and Associates is the Best Worker's Compensation Law Firm in Pennsylvania

“Excellent Communication”

Excellent communication and accommodating staff at all time

Salvatore M.

hreview
5.0
2019-05-16T15:09:58+00:00

Salvatore M.

Excellent communication and accommodating staff at all time
5
10

Contact Larry Pitt

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.