Of the many dangers present on construction sites, falls, electrocutions, being struck by heavy objects, and machine injuries are by far the most common. Known as the “fatal four” in the construction industry, these hazards represent over 58% of all fatalities on construction sites. Many of these accidents occur due to the use of certain types of machinery used and lack of protective gear or improper maintenance of the machines. Workers can get a body part, most commonly a hand or foot, caught in the moving part of a machine, which can cause lacerations, crush injuries, and even amputations. Such injuries often lead to Taunton Workers’ Compensation Claims.
Are Amputations In the Workplace Common?
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), amputation is one of the most severe and crippling types of injuries in the workplace, which often results in permanent disability. Each year, more than 200,000 American workers suffer cuts, lacerations and amputations in the workplace. Amputation injuries are widespread in many industries and involve a wide range of activities and equipment. Approximately 50 percent of all amputations occur in the manufacturing sector while the remaining amputations are distributed among other industries such as construction, wholesale trade, retail and other services.
What Factors Can Put Workers in Danger?
While working in the construction industry can be dangerous due to the nature of the work, the failure of an employer to meet required safety standards puts workers in even greater danger. Under OSHA regulations, employers are required to provide a safe working environment for their employees. However, many companies fail to do so. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), one of the most frequently cited safety violations is the failure to properly manage dangerous machinery. Moving machine parts have the potential to cause serious workplace injuries such as lacerations, crushed fingers, broken bones and severe burns. Employers are required to take appropriate steps to protect employees from these known dangers.
Contact an Experienced Taunton Worker’s Compensation Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been injured while at work, we work with experienced Worker’s Compensation lawyers right here in Taunton. You may be entitled to collect for workers compensation benefits for lost wages, medical bills and possibly a lump sum settlement, among other benefits. No fees are received unless you win your case. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at (508) 822-6373 or toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out our contact form online.