Many workplace injuries in Arizona are avoidable. Typically, employers can reduce workers’ compensation claims by carefully complying with federal and state safety regulations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top five injuries that lead to claims can happen in any industry.
Slippery or damaged floors in any workplace cause falls, and so do random objects or debris on walkways. Typical injuries of this kind damage muscles, cause fractures and could even result in brain injury when the victim’s head strikes something hard. Frequent claims result from lifting, lowering, pushing and carrying objects, often leading to musculoskeletal injuries. When it comes to workplace deaths, vehicle accidents are reported to be the primary cause of occupational fatalities.
Electricity is a danger to all — not only electricians. Water close to any electrical outlet can cause shocks, burns or even electrocution. Equipment used in both construction and manufacturing can be extremely hazardous when workers are not properly trained in the use of it, particularly when the necessary safety precautions are not taken. This includes personal protective equipment and machine guards such as lockout/tag-out devices on machines.
Arizona workers who suffer any injuries in workplace accidents may be entitled to seek financial assistance from the workers’ compensation insurance program. In doing so, they have every right to utilize the services of an experienced attorney. A lawyer can help navigate the claims process to obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other applicable benefits. In some circumstances, personal injury claims in civil court may also be appropriate.
Source: jobacle.com, “Top 5 Workers Compensation Claims“, Andrew G. Rosen, Accessed on Feb. 23, 2018