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Workplace Accidents: Vulnerable Activities, Causes and Effects

If you think that workplace accidents only happen in the construction or industrial activities, well, you are definitely wrong. This is because these incidents may happen almost everywhere. It may occur even in offices where people are only in front of their computers.

However, reports show that some sectors or business activities are more exposed to greater risks and hazards. Hence, occupational injuries and fatalities are really high in these kinds of businesses. Specifically, these are the following:

  • Mining sector

There was a 23-percent increase in the number of fatal injuries under the mining sector. Particularly up to 138 incidents were recorded in the oil and gas extraction activities in 2012. What this means is that around 16 fatalities occur for every 100,000 full-time employees in the said industry.

  • Transportation sector

There are many road-related incidents that cause various fatal injuries and casualties, not only in Texas, but in the entire United States. As a matter of fact, this sector accounts for the majority of the increase in the total number of fatal injuries in 2012, with 90 more incidents than in 2011. Truck transportation also recorded 79 incidents while specialty trade contractors recorded 59 incidents.

  • Construction sector

Incidents of fatal injuries under this sector increased to 42 from only 22 in 2011. Specifically, there were 34 incidents recorded in 2012, particularly from the workers involved in the civil engineering construction.

What are the usual reasons why workplace accidents happen?

Among the usual causes of various workplace-related injuries and fatalities are due to the following:

  • Unmarked hazards in the workplace, site or vicinity;

  • Unsafe working conditions or the presence of unsafe elements in the workplace;

  • Slip and fall incidents;

  • Electrical shocks and other electric-related accidents;

  • Exposure of people to various toxic chemicals and other hazardous materials; or

  • Repetitive stress injuries.

All of these may boil down to the negligence of one party. The court will decide which party is at fault in a particular incident. The role of the claimant is to prove that the employer, property owner or other third party, is the one liable for the accident and its outcomes. On the other hand, however, the side of the defendant will usually defend that they should not be held liable. There may also be times when they will assert comparative negligence, wherein they will also prove to the court that the claimant is also at fault to some extent.

What are the common results of workplace-related accidents or injuries?

Depending on the cause of the injury, there are many things that may happen to a person who experienced an accident in the workplace. The list may include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Injury in the back or neck;

  • Traumatic brain injury;

  • Concussions;

  • Broken bones;

  • Severe burns;

  • Hearing problems;

  • Eye injuries;

  • Stroke or heart attacks;

  • Chronic pain;

  • Injury in the shoulder, knee and other parts of the body;

  • Lacerations or other serious cuts; or

  • Partial or total impairment.