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Going to work should not put employees in danger of coming home at the end of the day with a severe injury. Unfortunately, workers are often injured while on the job. While some occupations are inevitably risky, all employers should take the time to make their workplace as safe as possible. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds in the U.S. On a grander scale, 104 million production days were lost in 2017 due to work-related injuries. There are three leading causes of work-related injuries that have been recorded by the NSC, each of which could be avoided with proper precautions by employers.

Top Causes of Employee Injuries

Many people suffer from injuries at work, but not all of these injuries are serious enough to require an employee to take time off. Of injuries that did require days off from work, there were three main causes of non-fatal injuries that account for more than 85% of all cases:

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Green Bay work injury lawyerWhen a person goes to work, they are trusting their employer to provide them with a safe working environment. Unfortunately, many employees are injured because of unsafe working conditions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), approximately 2.8 million Americans suffered workplace injuries and illnesses within the private sector in 2017, and 4,674 workers ultimately died due to their injuries. If you or a loved one are injured at work, you will typically be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits, and an attorney can help you determine whether you may also pursue a lawsuit against any third parties whose negligence led to your injuries.

Industries Where Injuries Commonly Occur

A significant number of American workers suffer injuries every year, and three industries where injuries commonly occur are construction, manufacturing, and hospitals. These injuries include:

  • Construction Workers: According to statistics compiled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than 20% of all fatal worker injuries in 2017 occurred within the construction industry. The three most common causes of construction fatalities are falls, being struck by an object, and electrocutions. Fall injuries made up just under 40% of all construction deaths in 2017, with 381 workers dying due to falling on-site. In comparison, injuries involving electrocutions or being struck by objects resulted in 151 construction deaths over that same time period. Many of the injuries suffered by construction workers are a result of an employer’s non-compliance with OSHA safety standards. 
  • Manufacturing: According to BLS, more than 115,000 American manufacturing workers suffered injuries that ultimately resulted in days away from work in 2017. The most common manufacturing injuries are related to physical activity, such as sprains or muscle strains and tears. Approximately 34,000 workers in manufacturing suffered injuries of this nature in 2017. In a substantial percentage of manufacturing injuries, the employer was not in compliance with OSHA safety regulations. Common manufacturing violations include improper eye and mouth protection or insufficient machine guarding. 
  • Hospital Workers: In 2017, 51,380 hospital employees suffered injuries and illnesses that caused them to miss time from work. The most common cause of injuries among hospital employees is overexertion. These employees are often required to work long, rigorous hours in a pressure-filled environment, and the stresses, many of which are unique to the industry, can ultimately lead to injury. Due to the fact that nurses and doctors are dealing with sick patients, they are also more likely to miss work days due to illness. 

Contact an Appleton Workers’ Compensation Lawyer 

Workers' compensation benefits are the exclusive remedy of an employee for an industrial injury against the employer, any other employee of the same employer, and the worker's compensation insurer. The term "third party claim" is frequently used to describe a tort claim by a worker against a person other than the employer or a co-employee. An injured employee, the employer, or workers' compensation insurer may sue a third party tortfeasor who is responsible for the employee's injuries. The employee claims damages for injuries above and beyond workers' compensation benefits. Such damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and derivative claims for loss of society and companionship. If you are unsure whether you have only a workers' compensation claim, or whether there may be a third-party claim available to you as well, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss the facts and circumstances of your injury.

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Appleton construction injury attorneysConstruction workers have the highest fatal and non-fatal injury rates in the country. In fact, this industry is responsible for 20 percent of all fatal workplace accidents in the United States. Workers in the construction industry also tend to have a longer recovery time after a non-fatal accident when compared to other industries.

Unfortunately for workers and their families, the benefits provided through workers’ compensation is rarely sufficient. Thankfully, they may have other options. Learn more about the most commonly experienced injuries in the construction industry in the following sections, and discover how a seasoned personal injury attorney may be able to increase the settlement that your family receives after a workplace accident. 

Burns and Scarring 

Construction workers handle all sorts of equipment, including those that are electrically powered. If a short in the equipment occurs, the worker may suffer a burn, which can ultimately lead to scarring. Fires, explode wiring, leaky pipes, and combustible materials all increase the chances of a work-related burn injury. 

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Wisconsin work injury lawyersStatistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) show that approximately one out of every ten construction workers will experience a workplace injury. Worse yet, the average construction worker has a one in 200 chance of experiencing a job-related fatality over the course of a 45-year career. Why is the construction industry so dangerous, and what (if anything) can be done about it? The answer, though complex, rests within the ten most common types of construction accidents.

Most Common Types of Construction Accidents

Although there are many different subsets of construction (road construction, high rise construction, etc.), they all share the ten most common causes of death and injury. These accident types are as follows:

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Recently, firefighters spent hours trying to extinguish a fire in the Proctor & Gamble mill in Green Bay. The fire, caused by a paper machine, occurred during the middle of a workday. The fire extended into a paper dryer and the roof above the machine. The fire was finally put out around 1:30 p.m. An additional fire was reported in the dust collection tubes, which extended the operation until later into the afternoon.

Wisconsin Workplace Injury Rates

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