Unsafe or hazardous work conditions can be found in almost every workplace, but some industries have some of the most dangerous workplace conditions. These include mining, construction, refineries, logging and iron working accidents.
Every day, millions of American employees report to work, not realizing that they are at risk from injury or illness hazards, many of which they cannot even see. In California thousands of workers are injured in workplace accidents every year, and most of these accidents are almost entirely preventable.
Hazardous Working Conditions
Fall accidents can involve falls on slippery and grease-covered surfaces, as well as falls from elevations and ladders. Slip and fall accidents are one of the top three causes of workplace injuries in the United States, and fall hazards have been recorded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as some of the most frequently cited violations almost every year. Falls are devastating because they can cause fractures and even more severe injuries like spinal cord injuries that can cause a worker to be off work for weeks or months.
Electrocution and Electrical Injury Risks
Toxic Exposure Risks
A worker may be at risk of exposure to toxic chemicals or compounds, and fall severely ill. The exposure can be slow and prolonged lasting for many years, or can be sudden and deadly.
Burn Injury Hazards
Certain industries, like refineries, may be much more susceptible to explosion and fire hazards, which can pose a serious risk of burn injuries to workers. Such cases end with severe second and third degree burns that can require expensive hospitalization, reconstructive surgery and lead to long term disability.
Loading and Unloading
Very often, these injuries include repetitive stress injuries that can lead to chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
Injury risks from machinery and equipment, malfunctioning hand tools, and collisions with industrial equipment like cranes, gradall excavators, boom lifts and forklifts.
The California workplace injury lawyers at the Appel Law Firm LLP represent workers who have been injured in construction accidents, refinery explosions, factory accidents and other workplace accidents across California.