Posted in Workers Compensation on January 25, 2023
Unfortunately, workplace injuries are common in Texas because of the high population of industrial workers. Due to the nature of industrial work, the workplace is inherently dangerous. And while there are several safety protocols set up by both employers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), injuries and accidents still occur on the job.
Workplace injuries, whether minor or severe, can disrupt the employee’s life and the flow of the workplace. When a worker is hurt they may have to take time off work, heal from injuries, and may even need extended medical care. Injuries and time off of work can cause injured workers to face mental, physical, and financial hardships and burdens like lost wages, mounting bills, and declining mental health.
This is why the workplace accident attorneys at Maloney and Campolo believe that both employers and employees should work to become better educated on how workplace injuries occur, and how to more efficiently prevent them.
What are the Most Common Workplace Injuries in Texas?
Accidents at Construction Sites
Construction sites tend to have lots of heavy equipment and machinery and create more dangerous conditions than other workplaces might have. Common causes of accidents on construction sites include:
- Falling objects
- Lack of proper training
- Operator negligence
- Improper use of equipment
- Failure to properly maintain equipment
- Electrical accidents
- Collapsed structures
- And many more
Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
Slip, trip, and fall accidents are some of the most common accidents across all workplaces. While slips and falls may not sound serious, the injuries sustained from these can lead to life-threatening medical conditions. Slips, trips, and falls can cause injuries like:
- Head or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Dislocated joints
- Spinal cord injuries
- And more
Slips, trips, and falls are often caused by negligence on behalf of the employer or owner of the facility. Seemingly small acts such as putting out a “wet floor” sign, or properly maintaining the property can make all the difference in maintaining a safe work environment for employees and avoiding slip, trip, and fall accidents and a premises liability suit.
Transportation of goods and products play an important role in our economy and is a vital job. However, it is equally important that the individuals who conduct the transportation are properly trained and follow safety procedures, as transportation accidents can leave employees, and other drivers on the road, with serious and sometimes even fatal injuries.
Some common examples of operator negligence include:
- Impaired driving
- Reckless driving
- Texting and driving
- Driving for too long without taking breaks
- Driving while tired
- Failing to wear a seatbelt
- And more
While these examples of operator negligence can be prevented solely by the driver, the employer has a responsibility and duty to provide the proper training to drivers that outline the rules and regulations they must follow on the road.
What Should You do Next?
If you have been injured on the job, consider calling a workplace injury lawyer to help you build your case. Workplace injuries can be life-changing and you deserve to be properly compensated so you can live comfortably and access the help, and/or medical attention you need.