Ways To Possibly Avoid Workplace Injuries

Ways To Possibly Avoid Workplace Injuries

Apr 17

As the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimated that 12 workers are killed and over 9,000 workers are sustaining injuries in their workplace everyday, it is important for workers to practice extreme safety precaution in doing their income generating jobs regardless of work environment.

Workers and their families are often struck with great financial loss after being involved in a workplace accident. In the 2,953,500 non-fatal workplace injuries recorded by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2014, there were 916,400 injured workers required to stay at home for an average of nine days. Though employers are required to promote safety and protection to their workers, workers themselves should follow regulations for them to avoid accidents that can cause injuries to themselves or to fellow workers. Regardless of the work environment, workers everyday are at high risk of sustaining slip, fall, and trip injuries.

In the office, employees should make sure that there are no cables or office supplies on the floor that can trip employees. Employees who are required to seat for a long period of time may possibly avoid back or spine injuries if they use ergonomically designed office chairs and if they are given short breaks from time to time during shifts. On the other hand people whose work demand strenuous physical activity  like in construction sites or industrial facilities are advised to be more careful in doing their jobs. Machinery malfunctions for example can be prevented through regular maintenance and qualified operators handling such machinery. However, if a worker suffered amputation or broken bone injuries from an accident caused by a machinery malfunction, he or she may file for a claim to possibly recover income loss, a lawyer of Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC said. Other work safety practices like maintaining the work area clean, wearing protection gears and following safety precautions in the workplace are some of the ways workers may do to prevent income loss that can be caused by workplace accidents.

Porch Collapse Liability

Porch Collapse Liability

Jun 25

It may seem like a strange category for premises liability, but if one stops to think about it, we put a lot of faith in property owners or managers when we walk out into something like a porch or deck anywhere at any time.  This is what happened in 2003 when the worst porch collapse accident in US history happened in an apartment complex in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Thirteen people died while 57 people were seriously injured, most of whom were in their early 20s enjoying a party until about midnight, when the disaster occurred.

A porch collapse may occur when the construction is made of wood. The load-bearing capacity of even the sturdiest porch is limited, so it is property owner should know this and monitor the number of people and equipment that are on the structure accordingly. In Huntington Beach, for example, the porch stability can be affected by the weather or an event such as an earthquake, and the property owner should inspect it regularly for possible weaknesses. Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® will probably need to look into the maintenance history of any porch that collapses resulting in death or injury. Failing to look out for the safety of the people who are allowed onto the structure translates into negligence, and can result in an actionable case.

The 2003 incident was finally resolved in 2013 when the courts ruled that the building owners and the insurance company covering the property were liable for damages totaling $16.6 million for the consolidated case of 40 plaintiffs. The awards were limited by the insurance policy terms.

Property owners need to understand the responsibility they take on when they invite people to come into their property. If you have suffered serious injury from the negligent acts (or lack thereof) of the property owners or managers, you should be the one to take on the financial burden. Consult with a porch collapse lawyer and find out your rights.