How to Obtain Compensation After Your Industrial Workplace Injury
Industrial accidents involving workers getting caught in, struck by, or caught between objects and equipment occur far more often than they should. Resulting injuries can be anything from mild scrapes and bruises to amputated body parts, mangling, and even death. Tragically, over 700 workers died from such industrial injuries in the year 2015 alone.
Common Causes of Injury
The fast-paced nature of the production line environment sometimes leads to serious injury. Employees may be hurt when passing under, over, behind, or between equipment and vehicles. In struck-by accidents, workers are hit or run over by heavy equipment, moving vehicles, or falling and flying objects. In caught-in-or-between accidents, the worker’s limbs or body become pinned, crushed or pinched between a moving and stationary object, or between two moving objects.
Common Types of Injury
The consequences of industrial caught-in, struck-by, and caught-between accidents can be severe. Unfortunately, machines are unforgiving when human error compromises worker safety. Resulting injuries frequently include:
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones
- Muscle damage
- Severed limbs
- Crushed appendages
- Tissue damage
- Organ damage
Industrial employers should ensure that tools and machinery are equipped with protective guards, that stacked materials are secured to prevent them from falling, and that workers are given proper head, eye, face, and limb protection. Motorized equipment must be equipped with a backup alarm. Employees should be trained to never position themselves between moving and fixed objects, and they should avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry that might get caught by pinch points in moving machinery.
You Deserve Compensation
If you’ve been injured in the workplace, you’re entitled to workers’ compensation benefits—including coverage for your medical bills, disability payments, and more. Even if the accident was partially your fault, you still deserve full compensation. When you’ve been injured, you need a compassionate and knowledgeable advocate to protect your rights. To discover more about what the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., can do for you, visit us on Facebook.