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The risks and dangers of construction work accidents remain

Like many industries across the nation, the construction field has drastically changed over the years. The changes are not only noticeable in the way things are built and what tools and methods are utilized, but also in the way workers are protected. It is well known that construction workers face many risks and dangers on the job; however, these dangers were much worse several decades ago.

Construction workers currently in their 50s, 60s or even 70s can confirm that safety was not exactly a top priority in years past. And, the tasks that some workers had to complete during that era would be described as downright insane and unsafe. While looking back it is clear that things could have been a lot safer even back then, it appears that the industry has taken steps to reduce the dangers of construction work accidents.

What are the most common types of workplace injuries?

Working is a natural part of life for most residents of Ohio. While it is often necessary to work for financial gain, some employees in Ohio work in industries that put them at a higher risk of workplace injuries. Whether it is construction work, working in a factory, working in a mine or dealing with hazardous materials, employees are likely aware of the risks they are faced with. Nonetheless, some employees are injured due to negligence or unsafe conditions in the workplace. Thus, it is important to understand what injuries a worker could suffer and what could be the cause of them.

What are the most common types of workplace injuries? Based on recent statistics, workplace injuries related to material handling account for roughly one-third of all workers' compensation claims. Strains and sprains are deemed the most common type of work-related injury after examining more than 1.5 million workers' comp claims filed from 2010 to 2014.

Helping injured workers recover workers' comp benefits

Every work environment has its advantages and disadvantages. For some employees, this means working in a workplace that is prone to physical risks and dangers. Because some industries are more dangerous than others, employees and employers in Ohio and elsewhere prepare for these factors. Additional training and safety features often reduce the chances of these dangers impacting workers; however, this unfortunately does not prevent all work accidents from occurring. Whether it is due to industry regulation violations, or negligence or recklessness by an employer or another worker, an employee could suffer serious injuries due to a workplace accident.

A workplace injury is often unexpected. An employee is not only not prepared for the incident that caused the injury but they also are not prepared for the ways the injury will impact his or her life. In the event of a serious or debilitating injury, employees might need to take off from work to recover. Additionally, he or she may not be able to return to work due to a temporary or permanent disability.

How do I know if I have a valid Social Security Disability claim?

The disability claims process is complicated, and you know that many claims first come back denied. If you believe that you may have a valid claim, you may still feel daunted by the prospect of a long and arduous claims process. One of the first steps you can take is to find out if you truly have a claim before you move forward.

In order to qualify for either Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or Supplemental Security Income, an applicant must have a legitimate disability. The Social Security Administration has strict rules regarding what types of physical and mental issues qualify as a legitimate disability.

Protecting your rights after a workplace injury

An injury or illness can happen to any person at any time. Even if you are the most careful and cautious worker at your job, you cannot always account for others around you. Furthermore, the workplace environment itself might be hazardous, and many hazards are not easy to spot.

For nearly 35 years, the law offices of Brian, Zwick, Marchisio, Stone & Associates have been helping workers deal with injuries and illnesses that occurred at their workplace. We have over 75 years worth of combined experience helping clients who have been injured at work receive compensation and for their injuries or illnesses. We are available during the week at our offices in North Canton, Ohio, New Philadelphia, Ohio, Cambridge, Ohio, and Wooster, Ohio. We can also schedule evening and weekend appointments, and if you are unable to come to us, we can come out to meet you. Initial consultations are free, so you have nothing to lose by reaching out to us and learning how we can help you. Our firm is prepared to help our clients through any aspect of a workplace accident.

Considering your options when addressing a workplace illness

When people think of a workplace illness, it is not uncommon to think of illnesses that commonly affect many blue-collar workers. This may include asbestos-related diseases, which affected thousands of those working in construction and in naval yards, or those working in the coal industry who are often exposed to toxic gasses in mines or dust that gathers in areas with low ventilation or reduced air flow. While each of these are dangerous, it is important to recognize that illnesses also affect those who work in offices and buildings as well.

If you are working in an area with the potential for getting exposed to dangerous toxins, your employer is required by law to inform you of the potential toxins. It is not uncommon for these toxins to be listed on a Material Safety Data Sheet. This will provide you with not only information on how to properly handle the substance in question, but should also provide information on the toxicity, how it affects a person who is exposed, what first aid options should be used, as well as information on storage and disposal, what protective equipment can and should be used, as well as spill and leak procedures.

The right approach after a workplace injury can make a difference

Injuries or illnesses can happen in any line of work. Even office workers can experience illnesses due to toxic exposure in their work environment. It is not uncommon for writers and administrative assistants to experience carpal tunnel syndrome due to excessive typing. While these injuries and illnesses may appear minor, they still can affect a person and prevent people from working.

Severe and even catastrophic injuries are more common in construction worksites. With large equipment, such as dump trucks and bucket loaders, roaming the area, and large commercial or industrial supplies on the site, construction workers are often subjected to potentially hazardous conditions. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has specific guidelines that employers must follow and also offers protections for employees, accidents still happen. Some are just happenstance, but others are the result of neglect or human error.

Understanding the risks of working in a construction area

Maintaining and repairing our infrastructure is crucial to the growth and well-being of our society. Construction of new buildings, whether residential, commercial or industrial leads to jobs and a better life for all. But, working in a construction zone can be dangerous.

It is not uncommon for construction workers to deal with large equipment, such as cranes, bucket-loaders and dump trucks, to move supplies or remove dirt or soil from a work zone. If these workers are at the wrong place at the wrong time, such large and powerful machinery could cause serious injuries to construction workers.

Many cashiers aren't sold on the benefits of electronic scanners

Few people realize the physical effort it takes to work as a grocery store clerk. More than likely, you spend each shift standing, possibly causing you pain in your back, and that's not the worst of it. Electronic scanners make your job easier in some ways, but the physical effort you expend may cause you physical injuries.

One study indicates that you could repeat the same wrist motions for as many as 600 items per hour. During your shift, you could scan as much as 6,000 pounds of groceries. All the while, your hands never get much rest. When the retail industry introduced electronic scanners in the 1970s, they offered them as a way to make your job easier. However, you could suffer from back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome, among other repetitive motion injuries.

Workers in Ohio can be at risk for serious injuries

It is common knowledge that some of the most dangerous jobs in America, including in the Canton, Ohio area, are in the field of construction. While OSHA has various rules in place to protect workers and require employers to keep a workplace environment free of known hazards, the inherent risks involved in construction work mean that many construction workers could fall victim to a serious injury, such as broken bones, a brain injury or a spinal cord injury.

Injuries to the spine can be very serious in nature and can lead to devastating life changes. The spine protects nerves that run from the brain down the body, controlling the body's motor functions. Vertebrae attached to the spine help with protection, but a violent impact or fall could damage the vertebrae and damage or sever the nerves running up and down the spine.