If you are injured on the job, your employer is responsible for your injuries, which is a good reason for your employer to want to keep you safe. While the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance covers a majority of the costs, it can still be costly to the company if they have not provided a safe working environment.
Workplace injuries happen across the county daily. According to the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, there are 6,000 workers fatally injured on their job each year. Workplace illnesses take the lives of another 50,000 each year, and 6 million employees suffer injuries that are nonfatal.
Industrial jobs are common work environments for injuries due to the nature of the job. However, there are things that an employer can do to help keep employees as safe as possible. If you work in an industrial job, ensure your employer is following good safety practices.
Eye injuries are the most common workplace injury, averaging 2,000 occurrences each day. With 10 to 20 percent of eye injuries causing temporary or permanent blindness, your employer should be diligent in providing proper eye protection for employees who may be working around chemicals, particles, flying objects or beneath overhead work environments. Eyewear, such as safety glasses or goggles, full-face respirators, welding helmets or whatever the job may call for, should be provided.
Hearing loss is another common workplace injury. Employers should provide earplugs or earmuffs if an employee is exposed to loud noises. They should also provide routine breaks for employees working in environments where the noise level is greater than 85 decibels. Frequent breaks can help prevent permanent damage to the inner ear.
Falls and head injuries are another risk of working in industrial jobs. Ensuring there is proper lighting and necessary handrails where necessary helps prevent accidents in a hazardous zone. Placing warning signs where the area is unsafe also helps. To prevent head injuries, employees should be given proper equipment, such as hard hats, when working around beams, pipes or low-hanging obstacles.
Safety training is also important and should be repeated at regular intervals. In the event you are injured in an industrial accident, you will need to file a worker’s comp claim. An attorney can help ensure that you receive prompt attention to your claim.
Source: World Industrial Reporter, “Safety First: Preventing Accidents in the Industrial Workplace,” accessed Dec. 10, 2015