Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Machinery InjuriesJanuary 27, 2017
Manufacturing jobs are crucial to maintaining a healthy economy, particularly in certain areas of the country. In fact, manufacturing contributes more to the GDP than any other private-sector industry. And while machine operators and other manufacturing workers are generally well compensated compared to other industries, they also face in increased risk of serious work-related injuries.
As of last year, employers must provide the Department of Labor (DOL) with reports about any serious work injuries. Since making this request, the DOL received close to 30 reports every day. Reports were submitted from a range of industries that had work injuries, including those that were not commonly associated with workplace accidents. For example, eight percent of hospitalization reports came from the retail trade.
Manufacturing, Construction Accounted for 45 Percent of Hospitalizations
However, the industry that submitted the most hospitalization reports was the manufacturing industry, which accounted for 26 percent. This translates into more than one in every four reports. The construction industry came in second with 19 percent of hospitalization reports. When you combine manufacturing and construction, this totals 45 percent of hospitalization reports for work injuries that were submitted last year.
The manufacturing and construction industries tend to use heavy machinery more than other industries. If machinery or equipment is not maintained properly, or if an employee is not trained in the proper safety protocols for operating the machine, it could result in severe injuries. In extreme cases, the injuries can be fatal.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Machinery Accidents
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured at work while operating a piece of machinery, you may be eligible for financial compensation through your employer’s Workers’ Compensation plan. Workplace accidents can include traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, back and neck injuries, and also mental injuries. You will need an experienced legal team on your side who can guide you through the claims process and answer any questions you might have. Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton will do just that and ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve, while protecting your rights along the way. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online. We represent injured workers throughout the state of Maryland, including the city of Baltimore.