Workers in the industrial industry are considered to be at the highest risk for accidents and personal injury. Because there are many hazards on construction sites, at power plants, and within oil refineries and other industrial sites, workers face that risk every day. The construction industry alone is responsible for 20% of workplace fatalities according to the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA).
A few of the most common industrial accidents are as follows:
- Falling Objects: When something falls from a great height and strikes a worker, it can cause significant injury or even lead to a fatality if the head is struck.
- Toxic Chemical Exposure: Being exposed to toxic chemicals can cause both acute and lasting effects, including the development of disease.
- Serious Burns and Electrocution: Electrical hazards are a common risk working in the industrial field, such as from defective power tools, power cords, and faulty switches, wiring, or outlets.
- Dangerous Machinery Injuries: If you work with large pieces of machinery, there is always a risk that a part can be faulty or an improperly trained machine operator could cause you to become injured.
- Scaffolding and Forklift Accidents: Scaffolding fall accidents can cause a great deal of injury, especially falling from a great height. Forklift accidents can cause debilitating injuries, particularly those where you are struck by a forklift you are not operating.
Preventing Construction Accidents & Fatalities
Although there are many practices and requirements which employers are expected to follow, workplace accidents still occur quite frequently. There are many steps which can be taken to protect workers within the industrial field from accidents and injuries. This includes a variety of tips from OSHA, such as the right type of safety gear and protection to wear, basic safety measures, and putting up warning signs.
Industrial companies have a responsibility to their employers to keep them safe in the workplace. So long as you are taking proper precautions and following your training, you should be able to expect that your safety is being made a priority. If you have been injured in an industrial accident in Savannah, Karsman, McKenzie & Hart may be able to help you seek compensation through a lawsuit.