Have you ever thought about how dangerous certain jobs are or why an injury incident would occur at a workplace?
Recently, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety released its ranking of the top causes of workplace injuries. The rankings are based on the insurers’ workers’ compensation claims and data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Academy of Social Insurance.
According to the group, the leading causes of workplace injuries are:
- Overexertion (lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing items or equipment)
- Falls on the floor level
- Being struck by object or equipment
- Falls to a lower level
- Other exertions or bodily reactions
- Roadway incidents involving land vehicles
- Slips or trips
- Being caught in or compressed by equipment
Interestingly, the group reported that private sector construction workers are involved in about 60 percent of all fatal work injuries.
Maryland Worker Electrocuted While Moving Refrigerator
A recent example of a workplace injury incident in Maryland involved a construction worker who was helping move a refrigerator in Charlotte Hall when he was electrocuted.
According to theBayNet.com, the incident occurred on March 22 at the St. Mary’s County liquor store. Apparently, a fire occurred at the store earlier in the day and the worker was attempting to move the appliance, and he thought that the power was off.
A power surge shocked the man, who needed to be flown to Washington Hospital Center. The incident remains under investigation.
Speaking to an Attorney About a Workplace Accident
Remember, if you have been injured or your family has suffered the loss of a loved one due to a workplace accident, you may be entitled to benefits, including workers’ compensation. In this situation, it may be wise to speak to an attorney.
Keep in mind, depending on the circumstances of your case, you may have a claim under negligence law, if a third party caused your injury.
Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.