Serious Work Injuries
Types of Workplace Accidents
There is not a specific list of workplace accidents. A workplace accident resulting in serious injury is any injury accident that happens while you are on the job.
For example, construction is one of the largest industries in California. As a high risk industry, it ranks third in the nation for injury caused deaths. For every 100,000 workers in the construction industry, 15 die due to job related injuries.According to the Health ans Safety Executive(HSE) in the calendar year 2011/2012 591,000 employees were estimated to have been injured at work. Out of 114,000 injuries reported to employees by employers, 24,000 were serious or major injuries. 173 employees were fatally injured.
There has been a decline in the number of injuries reported by employers over the past decade. This does not necessarily mean a decline in injuries, but the % of job related injuries reported by workers ahs decreased.
What are situations that could make a work environment dangerous?
Many of the major safety dangers are related to construction jobs and construction sites, but a work related injury can happen on the job at any type of business.
Some others include:
- Explosions and fire that cause serious injuries.
- Gas leak or exposure to toxic chemicals and gasses due to an explosion.
What types of incidents need to be reported?
Any time there is an injury on the job that is directly related to the job needs to immediately be reported to your supervisor. Your supervisor is then required to submit the incident to the proper source.
An employer that does not report the work injury can be fined up to $5000 for the first-time incident and up to $10,000 and up to six months in jail if there is more than one incident that has not been reported.
Despite stringent safety standards and regulations, California workers often face high risks of on-the-job injury every day.
Employers, contractors, and property owners may be held liable for serious injuries or wrongful deaths sustained at a place of work.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a work accident, call us now for a fast no-obligation review of the case. Call 949-203-3814.