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Unfortunately, we see a lot of workplace injury cases in our personal injury law firm. These are cases in which someone has been severely injured on the job simply because their employer did not take reasonable safety precautions to protect their workers. Employers have a legal, moral and ethical duty to exercise reasonable care to make their workplace a safe environment. When they fail in this duty, workers are forced to seek help from a personal injury law firm such as ours. Many of the legal duties employers have are set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The lawyers at our personal injury law firm can help you understand your rights under these regulations.
• Forklift accidents (injuries caused by forklifts are some of the most common workplace injuries we see at our personal injury law firm). Forklifts cause a great deal of workplace injuries. According to OSHA, approximately 100 employees died last year from forklift accidents and over 90,000 were injured. Yet many employers simply do not bother to train their people on safe forklift operation. The above statistics do not include employees who have been crushed between a forklift and a wall or floor, or by falling objects from the raised forks. • Many more injuries we deal with at our personal injury law firm fall under the OSHA guideline of “Hazard Communication.” Hazard communication refers to the proper warning and notice of chemical hazards on the job. Chemicals pose a wide range of on-the-job health hazards, such as irritation, and physical hazards, such as flammability and corrosion. Employers are required to properly label containers of these chemicals, and provide proper safety training on how to handle these dangerous products as well as to provide proper equipment to clean up spills. In several cases, our personal injury law firm has found that some employers routinely neglect to provide proper training and equipment for their workers who must handle these materials. • Electrical hazards. Many times electrical wiring and other issues are the cause of injuries to the people who come to see us at our personal injury law firm. A very common cause of these injuries is improper ground wiring. OSHA requires the installation of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI), yet many employers fail in their duty to provide them, resulting in many of the injured employees who come to see us at our personal injury law firm. If you have been injured at work due to negligence on the part of your employer, call our personal injury firm today to set up a free consultation.