Work injuries on the job can come in many forms. From single-accident injuries to toxic exposure to repetitive stress, workers can get hurt in countless ways. Supervisors have a responsibility to provide information, training and protective gear to keep workers safe in even the most dangerous environments. Unfortunately, these precautions might not always work.
While workplace fatalities have dropped significantly over the past few decades, OSHA still reports that an average of 12 work-related fatalities occur in the United States every day. Workplace fatalities tend to fall into one of four categories – what OSHA has termed the “Fatal Four.”
While workplace fatalities are not as common as injuries, employees must always remain aware of the danger that surrounds them. Every job, no matter the industry, carries a certain amount of danger. Even a relatively straightforward career in an office setting includes the risk of toxic exposure to hazardous cleaning chemicals and soft-tissue damage due to repetitive motions. Do not hesitate to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to learn more about your rights and benefits.