On behalf of Castrodale Law, LLC posted in industrial workers’ accidents on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.
Everything in our lives, from the clothes we wear to the cars we drive, is made in factories and workshops around the world. Some people work more than 10 hours a day for years in an industrial job and never feel more pain than a sprained finger, but many manufacturing and distribution jobs can involve deadly accidents.
The year 2016 was a regrettable milestone for workplace deaths in the United States. More than 5,000 people were killed on the job for the first time in the country since 2008, and it came after two other years with increases in fatal injuries on the previous year.
Tighter margins and shorter deadlines may be a factor in the increase. “There may be some systematic changes that are happening with regards to stress and fatigue, that are leading more to tense work environments, that are contributing more to higher pressure,” according to a professor studying industrial engineering.
But employers and managers make many of the daily decisions that could save or cost lives. Tough times for companies may result in shedding safety officers and mechanisms for preventing injury. A rash of younger and less experienced workers replacing older and safer personnel may also cause more injuries or deaths on the factory floor.
Anyone injured on the job, as well as the survivors of anyone killed on the job, has the right to claim financial compensation to help with getting over a tragic accident. An attorney can help solidify a claim for workers’ compensation, financial damages after a preventable injury or lost wages during recovery.