Accidents in the workplace can happen to almost anyone. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), every seven seconds a worker is injured while on the job on average. Many times, people work in places that they don’t realize are unsafe. If you get hurt while you are at work, you are most likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
What Are the Most Dangerous Jobs?
While anyone can get hurt at work, some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others. Some of the most dangerous occupations in the United States include:
- Police and firefighters
- Transportation and shipping jobs
- Manufacturing and production
- Installation, maintenance and repair
Other jobs that are considered dangerous include roofers, logging workers, iron and steelworkers, pilots, fishermen, farmers, and grounds maintenance workers. Those who drive as part of their jobs are more apt to get hurt in a traffic accident than others. About 40 percent of workplace fatalities occur due to traffic accidents.
What Are the Most Common Workplace Injuries?
The three most common types of injuries that happen in the workplace are overexertion, contact with equipment and objects, and slips, trips, and falls. Overexertion can occur when lifting objects that are too heavy or lifting them improperly. It can also happen with repetitive motions. Being struck by a falling or moving object or getting caught between equipment or materials can cause injuries to the head and body. Falling to the same level and falls to a lower level makeup about one-quarter of workplace injuries.
Preventing Workplace Injuries
Employers are required to provide a safe work environment for workers. They must inspect and maintain equipment to make sure that it is safe for use. They need to train employees on the use of machinery and equipment before they work and need to ensure that the proper number of employees are available to handle specific types of jobs. A supervisor should oversee workers and employees must use proper safety gear and equipment. The company must have a plan in place to handle emergency situations. If you notice an unsafe condition, report it to your supervisor. You can refuse to perform a job if it is not safe.
What to Do If You Were Hurt On-The-Job
Many workers suffer injuries while they are at work. If you get hurt while on the job, the first thing to do is report the accident to your supervisor or to the human resources department. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your employer should provide you with a list of medical facilities or doctors where you can go to get treatment under their insurance plan. You do not have to pay for medical costs for work injuries out-of-pocket. Make sure you follow your doctor’s orders and keep your employer aware of your condition. Your employer should report the accident and you should receive a portion of your wages and all of the medical care expenses while you are out of work.
Workers’ compensation claims can be challenging and it can be helpful to seek guidance from an experienced Rome workers’ compensation attorney. Make sure you get the benefits you deserve with help from the law firm of Bader Scott. Contact us today for a free initial case evaluation.
Seth Bader is an Auto accident, Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Rome, Savannah, Norcross, Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law, and has been practicing law for 14 years. Seth Bader believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.