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Things to Know About Industrial Accidents

Worker's Compensation in Memphis, Tennessee

Every day someone is injured at work or on someone’s work property due to an unsafe work environment or the fault of an employee not following correct protocol or faulty maintenance of an employer’s machinery and/or workplace. These are injuries that can be easily prevented with proper employee education.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversees the safety of more than 130 million workers each year, establishing and enforcing safety rules in the workplace. Despite the agency’s efforts and that of businesses to comply with regulations, workplace accidents are fairly common.

Employers should provide training on appropriate procedures and techniques, as well as consistent supervision to ensure workplace safety. Manufacturing defects, poorly designed equipment and lack of proper equipment maintenance are also factors that come into play in these types of accidents. 

Some of the most common industrial accidents are as follows:

  • Slips and falls: Workers should be provided non-slip footwear and proper training in safety procedures to avoid resulting injuries such as musculoskeletal pain.
  • Falling objects: Injuries from falling objects may occur when items are improperly positioned while stationary or not restrained while being moved. Workers should be trained in appropriate placement and proper techniques for transporting items such as the use of restraints.
  • Chemical burns/exposure: Chemical burns and exposure accidents occur when the chemicals are not properly contained and labeled with the chemical’s name and subsequent handling procedures.
  • Improper lifting/overexertion: Back, spine and limb injuries may occur over time as improper lifting techniques resulting from lack of proper training and supervision take their toll on the worker’s body. Workers need to know how to use supportive equipment and use correct techniques when lifting to avoid this type of injury.

Industrial accidents occur when there is a failure to follow proper procedures, including taking shortcuts, improper handling of materials, misuse of equipment, fatigue and over-confidence about abilities. These accidents also occur when thorough training and emphasis on safety techniques and procedures are not accentuated and reiterated through vigilant supervision. 

If you have been injured in an industrial accident and believe you have a worker's compensation claim, contact an attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm, 901-526-9494 for a no-cost, confidential case evaluation.

Posted by Brian Chiozza at 7:59 AM

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