Many Americans may experience pain and not realize it is a result of their work duties. Some of the most common areas of pain include the arms, wrists, neck, shoulders and back. Employees that have desk jobs are just as likely to suffer from work-related pain as employees that have physical labor positions.
The process of claiming workers' compensation benefits can be confusing and complicated. But getting those compensation benefits can help an injured worker with medical bills and lost wages. However proving a work-related accident is not always as simple as it seems.
In America, workers who suffer a workplace injury are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Employers are expected to maintain safe working environments according to federal standards.
A worker who slips and falls may not realize the extent of his or her injuries immediately. In some cases, injuries are not as obvious when compared to a broken bone or a crush injury. One type of injury that can be less obvious is a brain injury.
In some instances, a workplace injury can result in an investigation to determine what happened and whether the accident could have been prevented. Some work accidents occur because an employer does not provide adequate safety precautions or training.
No matter the circumstance, losing a loved one is always a difficult experience especially if the death could have been prevented. In particular, when a person dies in a work-related accident it is especially tragic if the employer had failed to take safety precautions that could have saved the worker's life.
A previous post discussed some of the dangers associated with unguarded bandsaws. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration had issued several citations to a Colorado company after an investigation showed that the company had not been adhering to federal health and safety standards.
For some workers, getting injured on-the-job is a daily possibility. For example, construction workers realize that there are a number of hazards that can cause an accident or injury at a construction site. For others, possible work injuries are less obvious until an injury or illness actually occurs.
Another company in Colorado has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The company, Ifco Systems, received one repeat citation and five serious citations with fines that total over $65,000.
One purpose of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration is for the regulation and enforcement of health and safety standards in workplaces. In other instances, OSHA will create or update rules for workplaces in order to continually promote workplace safety.
A work injury can lead to many complications. There is the immediate pain and suffering that an injury can cause. Then there are medical bills and lost wages that can accumulate as an injured worker recovers from the injury. Even when a worker has recovered from the injury, he or she may not be able to perform the job duties required of them and may have to find employment elsewhere.