When you hear that someone was injured working construction or manufacturing, you may not be surprised. Certain jobs carry much higher risks for injuries. However, no job is completely safe, and even the most sedentary occupations may pose hazards, even if you don't hear about them as often as tragedies on construction sites or in factories.
Florida workers in various industries in and around West Palm Beach may put their lives on the line without even realizing it. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations related to confined spaces and regulating access to them, you and your co-workers may not be able to identify these dangers. Employers sometimes fail to adequately evaluate the attributes of dangerous areas, and then send workers into high-risk areas without proper safeguards.
Injuries suffered on the job aren't always the cuts and bruises many of us suffer in our daily lives. Particularly in manufacturing jobs, work-related injuries can be incredibly severe, including multiple broken bones, extensive soft tissue damage or even amputation in some cases. In these cases, hospitalization may be required, giving way to a need for workers' compensation benefits to cover the costs.
Did you know that roughly half of all Americans in the workforce today admit to having some type of back pain every year? That's according to data reported by the American Chiropractic Association. Back pain can result because of ergonomic issues or due to a serious injury suffered while on the job. Of those who suffer back injuries every year, most require extensive medical treatment and time away from work, which can end up totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases.