When a Nebraska resident goes to work each day, they believe they will come home to their family uninjured. Most of the time this is the case, but occasionally a serious workplace accident occurs. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) characterizes four construction accidents as the "fatal four".
Construction workers often have a dangerous job. There are four categories of accidents that OSHA has identified that cause the most deaths for construction workers. The leading cause of death in the construction industry are falls. Proper fall protection is necessary to make sure construction workers are safe. The next leading cause of death is struck-by-object. This may include objects that fall on a person, flying objects, swinging objects or rolling vehicles. Workers often don't have time to move out of the way. The third leading cause of death is electrocution. Electrocution killed more than 80 workers in the construction industry in the 2015 calendar year. Personal protective equipment should be provided by the employer and worn at all times. The fourth leading cause of death is caught-in-between. These accidents happen when a worker's body is crushed or caught between two or more objects.
A workplace accident can be devastating for a family. Families must deal with the stress of a seriously injured loved one and mounting medical bills. Their loved one may not be able to work for months or even years. A workers' compensation attorney may be able to help these families through this serious time. An attorney can help an injured worker by investigating the cause of the accident and helping them pursue the compensation they need. Workers may be eligible for workers' compensation to cover medical bills and lost wages. An attorney understands how complicated the workers' compensation process can be and can help their client pursue the compensation they need.
Workplace injuries and deaths can affect a family for years. Workers' compensation is available to help families through this stressful time.
Source: osha.gov, "Commonly Used Statistics", accessed on Oct. 31, 2017