While many workers in Ohio know it is a possibility, suffering from a work injury is still an unexpected event. What is even more unexpected is how much this incident impacts an individual. A minor incident may result in a worker requiring medical attention and missing work for a few days or weeks. However, a more serious incident could cause a worker to suffer a temporary or permanent disability. This can result in the inability to work, causing the worker to suffer serious financial hardships.
Construction sites are often busy. This is not just because workers are working against a timetable to complete the project. The fact of the matter is that construction sites often have various heavy machinery, tools and workers. Additionally, they are busy sites because each worker is tasked with a different project that needs to be completed in order for the entire project to be completed. In some cases, this means having large equipment, such as a crane, on site. While this is very useful in the construction industry, it is also a piece of machinery that could cause serious injuries or even death to construction workers.
Most Ohio residents would agree that construction is a dangerous job. If you agree with that statement, then you might be surprised to know that in 2016, the combined injury and illness rates were higher for retail workers than for construction workers.
Whether work feels like work or not, the reality is that most individuals in Ohio and elsewhere, work is necessary to make a living and pay for basic needs. Thus, when something interrupts a person's ability to work, this can be very devastating. A workplace injury can cause an employee to be unable to work while they recover, resulting in financial hardships.
It is clear that certain industries pose an increased risk for injuries and illnesses for employees. For these employees, it is likely understandable when a worker suffers and injury or illness; however, the reality is that any type of worker in any type of work environment could suffer an injury or illness related to the workplace. In some cases, these incidents could be severe, causing a worker to be killed immediately or shortly after suffering a workplace injury or illness.
As a previous post discussed, some employees in Ohio and elsewhere are faced with serious dangers in the workplace. One of these is an occupational illness. For coal miners, this means working in an environment that could be detrimental to one's health. Over time, a miner could develop an illness known as black lung disease. If such a diagnosis occurs, a worker could need a lot of medical attention, even missing work for an extended period of time.