Many Georgia employees could be at risk for a serious workplace injury. Depending on the industries they work in, the type of incident may vary. However, there are certain injuries that are especially common across the country. According to the insurance company Liberty Mutual, 10 key causes of serious injuries on the job have been identified. These are the causes most often linked to long-term disability.
Georgia residents who are injured at work may experience long-term physical problems. They may also experience emotional and financial issues as well, and their families may also be impacted by an injury. There are also direct and indirect costs that employers have to pay when an employee is injured. By implementing a worker safety plan, companies may reduce the risk of an employee getting hurt.
Farm machine operators in Georgia and elsewhere are exposed to higher levels of whole-body vibrations than are recommended by the European Union and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, according to a recent study. The study, which was published in the journal Annals of Work Exposures and Health, was conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Workplace cultures that promote long hours and ignore fatigue create unnecessary dangers for employees, according to a report from the National Safety Council. Throughout Georgia and nationwide, poorly rested workers face a heightened risk of workplace injuries. The fatigue report from the council estimated that approximately 13 percent of on-the-job injuries happen because of tired workers. For a large company with 1,000 employees, fatigue-related injuries could translate into $1 million in losses every year due to reduced productivity and more medical expenses.
Truck drivers in Georgia who are vulnerable to shoulder injuries may face substantial risks during cranking. This is a relatively common task that involves raising and lowering landing gears. According to researchers from North Carolina State University and the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, how the driver stands when cranking a trailer can affect how much strain is placed on shoulder muscles.
For workers in Georgia and across the country, jobs in the oil and gas industry can pay well and make use of their skills. However, they can also pose a threat of serious accidents and injuries. Even workers who pay close attention to safety rules may be at risk due to shoddy equipment, shifting weather or the inherent danger of oil and gas extraction. Drilling for oil is dangerous; workers in the industry face a fatality rate almost five times as high as all other industries combined. When the industry is on the upswing, it can mean more jobs and more income; however, it can also mean dangerous safety violations and cut corners.
From 2012 to 2016, 8 percent of contract worker deaths throughout the nation were caused by electrocution. Of those workers, 68 percent of them were in the construction industry. These figures were gleaned from an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Construction trade workers were victims in 57 percent of fatal accidents caused by an electrical event.
Georgia residents with questions about workers' compensation should be aware that the underreporting of injuries is an obstacle faced by both OSHA and MSHA. When employers are not reporting injuries, employees are losing opportunities for compensation.
Burn injuries can be among the most serious that workers can suffer in Georgia. If you have received a severe burn injury while you were working at your job, you have the right to recover benefits from workers' compensation.
Every employer in Georgia has an interest in preventing accidents that injure employees. Organizations can take proactive steps to reduce injuries by targeting common sources of on-the-job injuries.