If you or someone you know works in the transportation, trade or utilities industries, then you already know that workplace injuries aren't all too uncommon despite the minimal amount of manual labor in some positions.
As we continue through our industry injury series, the importance of the roles police and correctional officers play in society shouldn't go unnoticed. Both industries place individuals in dangerous situations that pose high risks for getting hurt on the job. If you work in the police or correctional officer field and you sustain an injury, you may have costly medical expenses that leave you unable to return to work. In the event of a tragic death, family members are left behind to face the financial and emotional challenges.
It's no secret that nurses and nursing assistants have played an essential role in making the U.S. healthcare industry what it is today.
In terms of workplace injuries, hand, wrist and finger incidents are three of the most common occurrences that can qualify for a workers' compensation case. We use our hands all the time, which leaves them easily susceptible to injuries that leave workers physically disabled and require medical attention. These injuries aren't only relative to one or two specific industries, either. They can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
It may come as a surprise, but people who work in the education and healthcare service industries are still susceptible to on-the-job injuries. Sure, they might not be at as much of a risk for fatal or non-fatal injuries compared to those sustained by people in construction and manufacturing, but injuries can happen anywhere.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' net worth has eclipsed $160 billion U.S. dollars to surpass Bill Gates as the richest man in the history of the world. In 2017, Amazon's $177.9 million earned in total revenue, which was up 31 percent from 2016, surpassed the entire GDPs of Algeria and Qatar - two countries with an average population of 40.6 million people.
Workers in the manufacturing industry are often working in hazardous conditions and handling dangerous equipment that has the potential to cause serious harm. Whether you're a welder, an engineer assembling electrical equipment, a maintenance technician in a steel mill or a woodworker in a lumberyard - you put your life at risk every day to provide financial support for both yourself and your family.
When a worker in Pennsylvania is required to use heavy equipment to fulfill his or her job responsibilities, there is a potential of being involved in an accident involving serious injury. Unfortunately, a recent accident in another state has resulted in work-related injuries. The worker's injuries are said to be due to an accident involving a forklift.
All jobs have many known risks associated with them. Often, employees are trained on how to appropriately protect themselves from risks that can be prevented. Unfortunately, certain things can arise in a workplace that cannot be anticipated. For example, a Pennsylvania service station employee recently passed away after a car accident that caused a fire, resulting in work-related injuries.
Pittsburgh is known for the Pittsburgh Steelers, its record number of bridges, and its obsession with pierogies. But did you know that the Steel City and the rest of Allegheny County is also known for workplace injuries? We recently discussed how Allegheny County had the most documented injuries out of all Pennsylvania counties in 2017, and what the risk factors are associated with the two most common injuries. Here, we will cover sprain and strain prevention in the workplace. Read on to learn more about how you can avoid getting hurt while on the job: