Workplace accidents injure people in all fields of work every year in New Jersey and across the United States. And while no one thinks they will one day be severely injured while on the job, statistics show that a serious on-the-job injury is more common than many of us think.
Knowing the frequent nature of work-related accidents and what may cause serious injury can help you protect yourself from harm. That knowledge may also help you pursue claims for your losses in the wake of an incident. Thankfully, multiple organizations across the nation are dedicated to understanding hazardous workplace conditions and preventing all types of workplace accidents.
According to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were a total of 4,383 workers killed on the job during 2012 – an average of 12 deaths every day. Of these fatalities, 3,945 were in the private industry sector and the majority occurred in the fields of construction. Most construction accident deaths are due to four different causes: falls, being struck by an object, electrocutions and being caught in or between heavy machinery.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were nearly three million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported in the private sector during 2012. This means that an average of 3.4 per 100 full-time workers were harmed on the job throughout the year. This does not count state government and local government workers, who suffered an average of 4.4 and 6.1 injury incidents per 100 workers respectively.
More than half of these 3 million workers injured annually suffer serious injuries that require days taken off work, transfer to a different job, or restriction of their duties. In either case, a significant portion of the work population suffers injuries while performing their jobs.
There are many factors which may play a role in causing on-the-job accidents. Some accidents some are preventable, including those involving the negligence of a third party, or, those caused by defective products or equipment made by an irresponsible manufacturer or poorly maintained by an employer. The reckless actions of those who are responsible to prevent work-related harm can lead to severe accidents.
The New Jersey on-the-job injury lawyers at Blume Forte may be able to help you if you have been injured while working. Contact us at (973) 635-5400 to receive a no-cost consultation and to learn more about your rights and potential to pursue various claims.