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Most Common Workplace Accidents

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over 4,500 workers die on the job each year from workplace accidents, and thousands more are injured. While employers have certain responsibilities to their employees to keep them safe, there are many ways an employee can be injured on the job.

Some of the most common workplace accidents include:

  1. Overexertion is the most common workplace injury. It can occur anytime an employee is lifting, carrying, pulling, or otherwise moving a heavy load.
  2. Falls either from a height or on the same level can cause serious injuries. Slipping on wet surfaces or failure to provide safety harnesses or nets are some of the most cited violations by OSHA inspectors.
  3. Struck by accidents happen when a worker is struck by a falling object or struck by a piece of machinery.
  4. Motor vehicle accidents at the workplace and on the job site can be particularly devastating because many of the vehicles involved are large trucks or pieces of heavy equipment.
  5. Repetitive motions might be less obvious, but can include typing, staring at a computer, or any continuous movement.
  6. Assault and workplace violence is a less common workplace accident, but can nonetheless put employees at risk of injury or death.

Because Texas employers are not required to subscribe to workers compensation, some workplace accidents can leave workers paying for medical bills, specialty equipment, physical therapy, and medication completely out of pocket. For workers who cannot immediately return to work after an accident, the lost wages produce an additional financial burden.

Catastrophic workplace injuries can happen to anyone. While there are precautions employers and employees can both take to decrease the likelihood of an incident, accidents do happen. After a workplace accident, you may have many questions, but it’s important to remember that you have certain rights under the law.

Workplace Accident Attorneys in Houston

After a workplace accident, you will likely have many questions about how your accident happened and what courses of action are available to you. The workplace accident attorneys at Craft Law Firm have helped injured workers across the country get compensation for injuries caused by another’s negligence. Call us for free consultation.

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How Common Are Heavy Machinery Accidents?

Without the help of heavy machinery, the construction and manufacturing industries would be unable to accomplish many of their day to day operations as quickly, efficiently, and economically as they currently do. While these machines are integral to production, they can pose a serious risk to the workers who use them and work around them.

Heavy machinery includes:

  • Cranes
  • Forklifts
  • Bulldozers
  • Backhoes
  • Dump Trucks
  • Excavators
  • Trucks
  • Boilers
  • Saws
  • Oil Rig Machinery
  • Drills
  • Presses
  • Logging Equipment
  • Hydraulic Machinery

Heavy machinery can cause workplace accidents in a variety of different ways. Most commonly, it is involved in struck-by or caught-in accidents. These accidents occur when a worker is either struck by machinery, falling objects, or materials, or caught in or between the mechanisms of the machinery.

Injuries From Heavy Machinery Accidents

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), heavy machinery is involved in 75% of fatal struck-by or caught-in workplace accidents. Injuries are often very severe and can include amputations, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), crushing injuries, broken bones, and spinal cord injuries, among others. With the potential to do so much harm, certain safety measures must be taken to decrease the likelihood of accidents.

Preventing Heavy Machinery Accidents

One of the leading causes of heavy machinery accidents is inadequate training. Employers have a responsibility to properly train all employees who operate machinery. It is also important for employees who work around, but not necessarily on, heavy machinery to be trained on safety protocols. If an employer hires an employee to operate machinery, it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure the employee is capable of performing his or her job safely. Employers can be held responsible for negligently hiring workers who cause workplace accidents or for the unsafe actions of workers who received insufficient training.

Houston Heavy Machinery Accident Attorneys

The experienced heavy machinery accident attorneys at Craft Law Firm know how devastating Houston workplace incidents can be. If you or someone you love was injured or killed in a heavy machinery accident, you have the right to seek compensation for the resulting damages. Craft Law Firm has helped dozens of victims recover compensation and we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay us nothing unless we win your case. Call us today for a free consultation.

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