Thousands of workers get injured on the job every year, and unfortunately, some of those injuries result in fatalities. In order to know how to prevent accidents and potentially save lives, it is important to understand the cause for the most common industrial accidents and the different factors that may come into play with this type of accident.
Why Do Industrial Accidents Happen?
Industrial accidents can happen for many reasons, but in most cases, the causes of an accident can be attributed to one or more of the following factors: environmental, mechanical, or human. A poor work environment without proper lighting, ventilation, or enough space for a worker to safely conduct their job duties may contribute to an accident. Mechanical problems associated with machinery or work equipment can be the cause of serious injuries. Machines can fail due to normal wear and tear, lack of maintenance, or even a manufacturing defect. Finally, the human component is perhaps the most frequent cause of accidents, with employees not using proper safety equipment or working while stressed, overly tired, and even dehydrated.
What Can Employers and Workers Do to Prevent Accidents?
The most powerful tool to help employers and workers to prevent accidents is regular training and education. Before punishing employees for unsafe work practices, employers must provide proper education and ensure the workplace is set up in a safe and organized manner. A well-lit, well-ventilated, and clutter-free workspace can reduce the likelihood of an accident.
Executing regular maintenance of equipment and replacing machinery that is worn down and unsafe for use may be a good investment to protect the health and safety of workers. Finally, it is important to create an inspection schedule and make sure all employees understand and adhere to safety practices at work.
What Should I Do If I Have Been Hurt in an Industrial Accident?
If you have been injured in a work accident, seek medical help right away and report the accident to your employer as soon as possible. In Maine, most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation, and if you were hurt on the job, you are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits regardless of whether you were at fault for your accident or not. Finally, seek the help of an industrial accident attorney to see if you are eligible to file any additional claims for your accident (for example, if a third-party such as a manufacturer or independent contractor may have contributed to your accident). The team at Gideon Asen LLC is proud to serve workers in Maine and all across Vermont and New Hampshire, and we are ready to answer all your questions. Call us at (207) 766-7761 for a free case assessment.