Claiming Maximum Benefits on Behalf of Injured Industrial Workers
Industrial workers face various workplace hazards, depending on the type of work they perform. Each type of industrial work, such as construction, manufacturing, mining or engineering comes with specific safety risks. However, across all types of industrial workplaces, accidents often occur due to faulty equipment, toxic chemicals, inadequate training, or other negligent safety practices.
Types of Industrial Accidents
Thousands of industrial workers are injured, some fatally, in workplace accidents each year. Some of the most common industrial accidents are caused by:
- Falling objects – Industrial workers often work on multiple levels in the workplace, which puts them at risk of being struck by falling objects.
- Falls from heights – Workers in construction and other industries must perform work on ladders or scaffolding, which if not properly installed or maintained, may lead to serious, sometimes fatal injuries.
- Flying debris/combustible dust – Poor housekeeping can lead to an accumulation of debris or combustible dust which can cause eye injuries or fires and explosions.
- Fires and electrocution – Failure to perform proper maintenance on equipment or to do proper housekeeping can lead to electrocutions, fires or explosions.
- Caught in/between – This type of accident can be caused by equipment rollovers, improperly maintained equipment, rigging accidents, rotating equipment, trenching and excavation, or unguarded parts.
- Slip and falls – According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), over one million people in the U.S. visit the emergency room for slip and fall accidents each year.
- Defective machinery – Industrial workers use heavy machinery, which may cause catastrophic accidents if it is defective or not maintained or handled correctly.
- Toxic chemical exposure – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) heavily regulates toxic chemicals in the workplace. However, workers may still be exposed to various hazardous substances.
- Weak structures – Many OSHA violations are due to weak structures, such as ladders and scaffolding, which can give way, causing workers to fall from heights.
- Inadequate training – When workers are not trained on workplace safety best practices, they are at a higher risk of getting in an accident.
Types of Industrial Worker Injuries
- Asbestosis – Workers who are exposed to asbestos may develop asbestosis, a chronic respiratory disease.
- Burns – Industrial workers may suffer chemical, cryogenic, electrical, radiological or thermal burns.
- Crushing injuries or amputations – Workers involved in caught in/between accidents may suffer crushing injuries, which may require amputation.
- Eye injuries – In the absence of the proper personal protective eyewear equipment, workers may suffer eye injuries from flying debris and other substances.
- Hand-arm vibration syndrome – This condition, which affects the circulatory and neural systems in the fingers, is often developed from repeated use of vibrating tools such as chainsaws, jackhammers, and sanders.
- Musculoskeletal injuries – Back, neck and arm injuries are common among industrial workers, and may develop from overexertion or from performing routine tasks.
- Repetitive stress injuries – Performing the same task over and over again can lead to these types of injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Silicosis – Workers who are exposed to silica, a carcinogenic mineral, may develop this lung disease.
- Sprains and strains – Industrial workers who lift heavy objects or hold awkward body positions are at risk of sprain and strain injuries.
Obtaining Workers’ Compensation for Industrial Accident Injuries
Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act (the Act) industrial workers may receive medical and wage loss benefits to compensate for their workplace injuries, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. Workers who sustain eye injuries, lose a limb, or are disfigured in a workplace accident may also be able to collect specific loss benefits based on a state-mandated rating system.
The Act further provides that families of workers who are killed as a result of a workplace accident or work-related illness may be eligible for death benefits and reasonable funeral expenses.
Philadelphia, PA Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Provide Skilled Representation for Industrial Workers Throughout the State
If you were injured on the job, contact a skilled Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. to help you navigate the legal system and collect the benefits to which you are entitled. For a free consultation, complete our online contact form or call us at 888-PITT-LAW today.
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