Workplaces are dangerous places. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, states that 13,000 workers are injured in the US every year. In 2016, 5,190 workers died in the work place – that is fourteen workers a day. Those numbers are up 7% from last year. In jobs where OSHA is an active partner, fatality rates are stable or in decline. However, in many fields such as healthcare and food services and governmental employees, fatality rates are increasing. If you have been injured in Tampa workplace accidents, read on.
Common Causes of Tampa Workplace Accidents
Vehicle accidents are the number one cause of work place fatalities and the 7th highest cause for workplace injuries. Safe vehicles and adherence to DOT regulations can be frequent violations for businesses.
Workplace violence has increased to the second leading cause of fatalities and the 10th leading cause for injuries.
Repetitive motion injuries, from constantly repeating the same motion over and over again, take a huge toll on workers.
Factory workers and people who work around heavy equipment are especially at risk for machine entanglement injuries and death.
Walk into injuries affect head, neck, knee and foot injuries. These occur when a person runs into solid objects.
Overexertion injuries are similar to repetitive motion injuries. These types of injuries are the number one cause of injuries and is the most expensive to treat.
Falling object injuries occur when items fall or are dropped by another worker. Head injuries are common and can be the most devastating type of injury.
Falling from heights injuries are common in construction places or around large machinery. These types of injuries can be catastrophic.
Along with falls, slipping and tripping is a huge cause of injuries to employees. These can play into falling from heights.
Reaction injuries occur when someone slips and catches themselves but doesn’t fall.
Overdoses or drug related fatalities are increasing causes of workplace fatalities. The opioid epidemic is taking a toll in the workplace as well. Overdoses increased 32% from 2015 to 2016. In addition, high employees can cause injuries to other employees.
The employer has a duty to take care of employees by keeping he workplace as safe and up-to-date as possible. If you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation. However, your employer or worker’s comp insurance company may be hard to work with. A good attorney, like Brian Hoag, can fight for your rights and help you win the maximum compensation for your injuries.
About Brian Hoag
Hopefully, you will never be in a position in which you need the legal services of a Tampa personal injury lawyer, but if you do, please give Hoag Law Firm a call at (727) 231-5420 or complete your online Free Case Evaluation. A free consultation can help you understand your rights. With honest advice and an experienced attorney at your side, you can recover the largest possible settlement. You will love getting back to living your life.