Industrial work tends to be risky work, and as a result, very serious, life-threatening accidents often ensue. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has strict rules and regulations in place to help keep industrial facilities and the employees therein safe, but the work is so inherently dangerous that serious accidents persist. If your industrial job leaves you injured, reach out to an experienced Chicago industrial accident attorney today.
OSHA identifies the four most deadly categories of industrial accidents, known as the fatal four, and they include:
Falls are the most common type of deadly industrial accident, and they can happen anywhere. Falls from heights, such as from the heavy equipment, ladders, and scaffolding common to factory work, construction work, and work performed in warehouses are especially concerning. Preventing falls requires a commitment to keeping walkways clean and clear, maintaining safe equipment, and employing appropriate safety training.
Struck-by accidents involve being struck by a moving piece of equipment – or even by something falling from above. Industrial workplaces typically involve plenty of action, and when the appropriate safety precautions aren’t firmly in place, struck-by accidents can be the result. Requiring bright, reflective outerwear, implementing the necessary safety training, and maintaining a well-supervised worksite can all help decrease the danger.
Being caught in or caught in-between two heavy, unyielding objects can quickly crush a worker. These accidents are terrifying and deadly, and they happen far too often. Caught in-between accidents are typically the result of structures that collapse, accidents that involve industrial equipment, and accidents caused by not having the necessary warning systems in place.
Electrocutions are accidents that involve electricity, and the deadly potential is obvious. Any work that involves a complicated electrical infrastructure or that could interrupt the electrical sources already in place must employ additional safety precautions that include:
If you’ve been injured on the job as an industrial worker, your claim will process through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance coverage. This is a demanding, complicated process that requires not only dedicated administrative efforts to accurately conquer the paperwork and record-keeping necessary but often also necessitates professional-level negotiation skills. Because obtaining your rightful compensation is so important to your recovery, you are well-advised to work closely with a resourceful industrial accident attorney.
A serious industrial accident can upend the course of your life and career in an instant, but the formidable Chicago industrial accident lawyers at Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd., have impressive experience helping clients like you obtain compensation that supports their fullest recoveries. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us today.