With Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s recent announcement of plans to upgrade and expand the airport, the prospect of a variety of new job opportunities comes to mind. The plans to build another runway, add a new concourse, modernize a terminal, add to parking facilities, expand the cargo area, and add new gates should translate into a substantial amount of construction work to start. With all these extra facilities that are planned, it is more than likely additional workers will eventually need to be hired to handle the extra business the airport will be able to expect.
An Increase in Construction Work Likely Means an Increase in Chances of Workplace Accidents
Any construction work automatically brings with it a probability that there will be construction site accidents. Construction work is such an inherently dangerous industry that there is nearly no way to avoid it, although OSHA and various construction industry organizations try their best to do so. Various factors may be the reason why construction work is so dangerous – using heavy machinery is one of them. Another may be due to the long hours construction workers are often on the clock – trying to meet deadlines and work as many hours as possible for overtime pay can lead to overexertion, which creates a dangerous working environment on its own.
Top Causes of Workplace Injuries
According to a recent study by Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, overexertion ranks at the top of the list of serious, nonfatal workplace injuries. Their 2014 Workplace Safety Index, which ranks the top 10 causes of workplace injuries, surveyed workers’ compensation claims for the year of 2012 and found that claims for injuries due to overexertion were the highest for that year at a total of more than 15 billion dollars in total workers’ compensation costs. Overexertion injuries typically arise as a result of lifting, pushing, carrying, or bending, to name a few – but any type of movement can cause overexertion injuries when performed in excess. The repetitive motions associated with physical labor, particular in a construction work setting, lend themselves to overexertion injuries. Additionally, with injuries caused by overexertion, sometimes the worker does not even realize the injuries have begun to take place until the pain and suffering becomes intolerable, at which point the worker may no longer be able to safely and effectively perform his or her job function without causing further physical damage.
If You Are Injured on the Job, Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a workplace accident, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation for your injuries. Workers’ compensation may include money for lost wages, coverage for medical expenses, and even job rehabilitation or training depending upon whether your circumstances require it. The laws regarding workers’ compensation can be difficult to understand and the process may seem daunting, but the experienced attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers offer a source of competent and compassionate help. Contact experienced Georgia work injury attorneys the Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today to learn about your rights and how we can help you protect them.