Industrial work, such as construction and factory work, is high-risk work that requires employers of industrial workers to strictly adhere to all safety rules, regulations, and procedures in an effort to help keep everyone safe on the job. Companies that fail to do so put their employees at an increased risk of serious injuries. If you’ve been injured on the job as an industrial worker, don’t delay consulting with one of Chicago’s best industrial accident lawyers.
Common Causes of Industrial Accident Injuries
Industrial work tends to be physically stressful, and any number of dangerous accidents can ensue. There are certain kinds of injuries, however, that are most prevalent, including:
- Slip and Fall Accidents – While the name slip and fall may not strike fear in you, the accidents themselves are often surprisingly dangerous. This is especially true when they happen from heights, such as off of stairs, ladders, or scaffolding. Employers of industrial workers are responsible for providing their employees with non-skid work surfaces and with appropriate training regarding safety procedures for avoiding dangerous falls. Such accidents can lead to extremely serious injuries such as broken bones, deep cuts and abrasions, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) – to name a few.
- Chemical Burns and/or Exposure to Dangerous Chemicals – Industrial work often involves handling or working among dangerous chemicals and toxic fumes. When these chemicals aren’t properly contained, handled, and/or labeled, it can lead to serious injuries like burns, respiratory damage, poisoning, and more. Further, employees should be well trained in the safe handling practices of all dangerous chemicals and toxins, and each potentially dangerous substance should be clearly labeled with appropriate warnings, safe handling practices, and emergency protocols for any accidents that ensue.
- Injuries related to Improper Lifting and/or Physical Overexertion – Industrial work can involve plenty of heavy lifting, but it can also include a good deal of injurious repetitive-motion, whereby an employee engages in the same highly specific motions for hours on end. Both such activities can lead to physical injuries that are not only painful, but that are also often quite slow to heal – and often requiring surgery. When employees are required to do heavy lifting, their employers are responsible for providing them with the proper training and equipment to do so safely. Further, when work involves repetitive motion, employers should take the necessary precautions to ensure that employees are allowed adequate breaks and the ability to alter their work duties on a rotating schedule that allows them a greater range of movement.
If Your Industrial Work Leaves You Injured, It’s Time to Consult with the Best Chicago Industrial Accident Lawyer
If you’re an industrial worker, accidents on the job can be serious. If you’ve endured such an injury, the dedicated industrial accident attorneys at Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd., in Chicago are passionate about their commitment to helping you fully recover from your losses. Your case matters, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.