Causes of Workplace Injury
The most common cause of workplace accidents is the carelessness, inexperience, and negligence of employers and co-workers. However, if you or a family member is injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a skilled Texas workplace injury lawyer at Arnold & Itkin to learn about your options and to receive a free evaluation of your case. Our work injury attorneys can review your case and determine what the best option is for you.
What Causes Injuries on the Job?
The negligence that leads to work injuries can take many forms, including:
- Equipment Failures: When equipment is poorly manufactured, maintained, and operated, it can cause serious and fatal injuries. Some of the most dangerous equipment includes industrial equipment (ex: feeder belts), transportation equipment (ex: forklifts), hand-held equipment (ex: welders), and electrical equipment.
- Falling Objects and Flying Debris: Workers at construction sites, logging sites, factories, warehouses and shipyards frequently are injured by falling objects and flying debris that can damage eyes, ears, and head, leading to a temporary or permanent disability that robs a worker of his or her ability to earn a living.
- Slip and Falls: A slippery or cluttered floor, poor lighting, and lack of guard rails often trigger these incidents, which frequently occur at hospitals, construction sites, factories, ships, warehouses, stores, and drilling rigs.
- Improper Maintenance: Companies should regularly perform maintenance on machines and equipment at regular intervals in order to prevent breakdowns or emergencies. And when equipment does malfunction, appropriate action must be taken to fix the problem and eliminate the risk of injury.
- Failure to Comply with Safety Regulations: All too often, employers fail to meet federal regulations that govern workplace health and safety.
- Inadequate Inspections: Without inspecting workers and equipment, an employer is unable to identify and correct known risks of injury or illness, such as defective ladders and scaffolds. They also would not be aware of problems with equipment such as derricks, cranes, hoists, pulleys, forklifts, and winches. Inspections can also reveal whether workers are wearing proper protective gear as well as operating machinery safely and correctly.
- Insufficient Training: Employers must train employees how to perform their work safely. Employees need to be fully informed of potential job hazards and instructed on how to minimize the risk of injury.
- Mismanagement: A string of accidents and injuries may be the strongest indication that a workplace is being mismanaged by a business owner or supervisors.
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