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Industrial worker injuries: crush injuries explained

A workplace injury is something no one in Nebraska thinks they will be involved in. But, a workplace injury can happen to anyone. Some workplace injuries are catastrophic, like a crushed limb.

Crush injuries often occur on a construction site, factory or warehouse location. They happen when a person's limbs or other body parts are crushed by a machine or piece of equipment. Examples can include a forklift that hits a worker and crushes their leg or a factory worker who gets their hand caught in a machine and it is crushed. Often a crush injury causes a permanent disability on the limb that was crushed or can even lead to an amputation.

Employers in Lincoln have duties regarding on-the-job injuries

When a Lincoln area resident is injured on-the-job it can be a devastating blow for their family. No one can predict when they walk into work in the morning that they will face a serious workplace injury. Most of the time this doesn't occur to Nebraska residents, but occasionally a serious workplace accident does occur. What are the employer's responsibilities in these situations?

Most employers in Nebraska are required to carry workers' compensation insurance. When an employee is injured on the job, this insurance helps pay for their medical expenses and a portion of their wages while they cannot work. In order for an employee to collect workers' compensation, their injury must be work-related. This means that the injury occurred while the employee was doing work duties for their employer. An employee needs to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. Certain employees are not eligible for workers' compensation, such as seasonal employees, domestic workers, agricultural workers and independent contractors, among others. Even if an employee is not eligible for workers' compensation, they may be able to hold the employer responsible for their injuries if there was a willful violation of safety regulations.

Loading and unloading trucks can lead to truck driver injuries

Many people in Nebraska think truck drivers have easy jobs where they just sit and drive a truck all day long. But, truck drivers often suffer from injuries because of many factors, which include traffic accidents and loading and unloading cargo.

Truck drivers are frequently engaged in loading and unloading cargo. These are instances where a person can suffer serious injuries. There are many ways in which a person can be injured during the loading and unloading process. Materials can shift during a transfer, resulting in a person being hit. Loads may not be properly secured with supports and straps, which can result in a load collapsing.

Which industries pose the most danger for employees?

The availability of workers' compensation insurance benefits likely provides comfort to Nebraska employees in all professions. While even those employed in jobs that seem risk free can suffer serious injuries, some occupations are known to pose life-threatening hazards on a daily basis. Despite the known risks these workers face, many of them hesitate to report injuries for fear of retaliation, rejection of their claims, or other obstacles in pursuing maximum recovery.

This is an unfortunate situation that often occurs when business owners prioritize profits over employee safety. On-the-job accidents can leave you facing steep medical bills and temporary or permanent disability.

Forklift accidents can be fatal

There are many residents in Lincoln and surrounding areas that work in an industrial location such as a warehouse or construction site. These are good jobs that offer a worker a steady income. Most workplaces understand that worker safety is their number one priority. But, occasionally a serious construction worker injury occurs, such as a forklift accident.

Forklift accidents are relatively rare, but they do cause serious injuries. Each year forklift accidents kill 85 people and seriously injury another 34,900 each year. The most common injury from a forklift is having a forklift overturn. This occurs in almost a quarter of all accidents. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that up to 70 percent of forklift injuries could be prevented if better training was provided to workers.

A look at scaffolding accidents at construction sites

We know that due to the fluid and ever-changing nature of construction sites, that injuries at these sites in Lincoln, Nebraska, and throughout the United States, are not uncommon. Although workers have the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, known as OSHA, in place to help ensure that accidents and workplace injuries are kept to a minimum, accidents still do happen. One of the most common forms of construction accidents are accidents involving scaffolding.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration reports that as many as two-thirds of all construction workers do work on scaffolds. To address the dangers of scaffolds, OSHA has several regulations in place. They require that scaffolds can bear four times the intended maximum weight and that suspension ropes and wires support six times the expected maximum weight. Inspections must be done regularly to ensure that the structures have not been compromised, including a visual check of each structure before each shift.

We understand truck driver injuries

Nebraska truck drivers are hard-working individuals. Truck drivers put in long hours and many miles on our roads. Unfortunately, many of these workers suffer serious truck driver injuries each year.

Truck drivers are prone to many types of injuries. Truck driving is a physically demanding job that puts a lot of strain on the body. Common injuries include back injury, neck injury, loading and unloading injuries, loads falling on them, injury when adjusting the tandems and truck accidents. Any of these injuries can be serious, and can cause a truck driver to be out of work for a long period of time.

Grand Island man killed by hit and run driver

Pedestrians in Lincoln generally are safe when they're out walking. Drivers know to look out for them and give them plenty of room. Safety is a priority for everyone. Unfortunately, a man was killed recently when he was out walking.

A pedestrian was recently hit near the intersection of Faidley and Howard in Grand Island. A vehicle that was traveling westbound on Faidley hit the man. The man died as a result of his injuries. The driver of the vehicle that hit the man did not stop.

TBI hazards are prevelant in almost any workplace

If you are part of the Nebraska workforce, you may be at risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury -- regardless of the industry in which you work. The truth is that many incidents that cause TBI result from the disregard of safety regulations by both employers and employees. A fall in any workplace can cause the victim's head to connect with the floor or another hard object or surface, and TBI can result.

Traumatic brain injuries can vary from mild to severe, and the severity will determine the impact the injury will have on the life of the victim and also his or her earning capabilities in the future. The best way in which to protect yourself from suffering TBI is to be alert and careful at all times.

Summer heat can cause serious injuries for construction workers

Many Nebraska workers have jobs that require them to work outside. Nebraska has extreme temperature changes, as its residents know. The summer can be a dangerous time to be a construction worker or other employee who spends a lot of time outside because of the extreme heat. Heat related injuries can be very serious and result in construction worker injuries.

Each year, dozens of workers die because they are working in extreme heat. Thousands more suffer from serious illness. Of those who die from heat-related illnesses, around 40 percent are in the construction field. Construction workers know how hot their job can be and how hard it can be to do their job when it is hot out.

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